System Preferences crash help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bryantlc, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. bryantlc macrumors member

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    I just bought a new iMac on Aug. 7. When I enter System Preferences and they Display/Screensaver the program opens and then immediately crashes. The Display/Screensaver opened the first time I tried. I selected a picture for my background. Ever since then all it will do is crash when I try to open. Can anyone suggest something to help?
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I would first try repairing permissions. (applications > utilities > Disk Utility > select your HD and "repair disk permissions")

    If that does not work, you can delete the plist file for desktop . info
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If you're afraid of deleting preference files (even though there's really no reason to be), then creating a new user account will have the same effect and is a good way of testing whether the problem is sourced from your account or from the entire system.
     
  4. bryantlc thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess the background and screen saver resets when I delete preferences. I will try this when I get home.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It depends which file you remove/delete. I'd personally go for com.apple.systempreferences.plist as a start. I'm almost 100% sure that'll get rid of your screensaver customised settings too, and return them to their default. :)
     
  6. bryantlc thread starter macrumors member

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  7. rhysscb macrumors newbie

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    help

    I have the same problem on a macbook pro, using leapard 10.5.6,
    but when i go into my preferences folder, i cant find com.apple.systempreferences.plist, it isnt listed anywhere,

    can u guys help me?:confused:
     
  8. georgebrazil macrumors newbie

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  9. bluelincolnpark macrumors newbie

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    Solution to the problem!!!

    1. go to terminal

    2. type:

    sudo dscl . -delete /users/Guest1



    and ur done. problem solved. the problem with the accounts crash is the guest1 account.:)
     

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