Strange files / icons in preferences folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Craigy, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. Craigy macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2003
    New Zealand
    My Mac Pro has been behaving a little strange lately. A few kernal panics, not sleeping when asked to etc. Have repared privelleges etc and was taking a quick look around and I found that my users preferences folder looks like this - Any ideas why?

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  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    One of your applications might be acting up - getting confused by something in the Preferences folder and making a new folder with a garbage name, for example.

    The best way to track this down is to move your preferences to a temporary folder, then launch, test, and quit each application you have on your computer, checking the preferences folder each time, until you find the offending application. If that doesn't work, move your preferences back, then try this:

    Move one application's preferences to a temporary folder
    Launch that application, test it, then quit it
    Check the preferences folder - did you find the bad app?
    If not, put the file you moved back and try again with another application, making sure you keep track of which applications you've tested already.

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