System Preferences / Desktop/Screensaver Crash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by akmorgan, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. akmorgan macrumors newbie


    Aug 24, 2009
    Carbondale, IL

    I'm currently running Snow Leopard on a MacBook Pro (Unibody). I am having an issue with System Preferences crashing when I try to change the desktop background.

    I have tried deleting the following .plist files:<random number>.plist

    I created another admin account and it works fine.

    I haven't noticed any other issues with my computer other than this.

    Any insight would be much appreciated! :confused:
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, if it works on another account, use that one.

    Or, you could pound your head against the desk trying to find the corruption in the other one.

    Read about accounts in Mac Help. That will assist you in migrating from one account to another. If you still have questions, then come back here.
  3. ADDABAD macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2006
    Same Problem

    I'm having the same problem. Whenever I try to change my desktop System Preferences crashes and quits. I've deleted the files. Now what?

  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You've deleted what files? The plist files listed above? If so, then you open the application associated with the plist file. This creates a new one in the Preferences Folder which is set to default values. If your old plist files were corrupt, this could fix the problem. If not, no harm done. You just reset your preferences, if you'd changed them. I always recommend just dragging the plist files to the Desktop and deleting them only when you're satisfied with the result. If you're not, you can then put the old ones back. You'd do that if convinced they weren't causing your problem.
  5. captaincarrot macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2008
    Had the same problem: changing the desktop background leads to hang and crash of the Desktop Pref pane.

    TL;DR Solution: Go to User>Library>Preferences and find Delete this, and all should be fine again.

    How I found it: after looking around with no real help, I decided to go through User>Library>Preferences. Moved them all to an empty folder, invoked Desktop Pref Pane: works perfectly, but stripped of any folders I'd added. This is expected, as I've removed any .pref files.

    Then I returned any .pref file older than ten days (which is when I estimate the prob started) to the Preferences folder: invoke Desktop pane, all still good.

    Gradually replace the .pref files which are unlikely to affect Dtop pref pane: Preview, iCal yadda yadda. Took no more than 3 minutes.

    Eventually left with; removal of this was enough to get it working again. I also replaced finder and system preferences .plist files, but replacing these did nothing when I was originally trying to fix the problem.

    So: it is!
  6. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    No such thing

    In there is no in the library folder.
    Ignore the guy who gave this advice
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You are mistaken. There are at least three Library folders. Lion still has the plist file. It's in the User's Library folder, which is hidden.

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