system preferences freezes all the time

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  1. nunes013 macrumors 65816

    nunes013

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    whenever i try to remove something like growl or hyperdock from the other section of the system preferences pane, system preferences freezes. it has done this since whenever i first installed snow leopard on my computer. is this a snow leopard bug that apple has never fixed or should i try a system restore from the 10.6 disks.
     
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    I'd first quit System Preferences, move

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

    to your Desktop and then try System Preferences again. (Here ~ denotes your Home folder.)
     
  3. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    the same thing happens. its right after i type in my password to make the change the beach ball comes up and i right click system preferences at the bottom and it says not responding
     
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    OK. I wonder if it's related to permissions. Please open Terminal (in Utilities) and copy and paste the following into the Terminal window:

    Code:
    ls -l /Library/PreferencePanes
    Press return and post the output.
     
  5. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Apple Qmaster.prefPane
    Fan Control.prefPane
    Flip4Mac WMV.prefPane
    Growl.prefPane
    M-Audio ProKeys Sono 61.prefPane
    TechTool Protection.prefPane
    VersionCueCS4.prefPane
     
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Need to see the output of the command I posted, in order to check ownership and permissions on these files.
     
  7. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    sorry wrong code


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    drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 Sep 16 07:12 Apple Qmaster.prefPane
    drwxr-xr-x 3 ericnunes wheel 102 Oct 27 2007 Fan Control.prefPane
    drwxrwxr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 28 2009 Flip4Mac WMV.prefPane
    drwxrwxr-x 3 root wheel 102 Sep 28 2009 Growl.prefPane
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 10 2008 M-Audio ProKeys Sono 61.prefPane
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 Sep 5 01:41 TechTool Protection.prefPane
    drwxrwxr-x 3 root wheel 102 Apr 17 2010 VersionCueCS4.prefPane
     
  8. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Code:
    drwxr-xr-x 3 ericnunes wheel 102 Oct 27 2007 Fan Control.prefPane
    My guess is this should be owned by root.

    Enter the following in Terminal and press return. Supply your password when it is requested.

    Code:
    sudo chown -R root /Library/PreferencePanes/Fan*
    Then restart System Prefs and see if the problem still occurs.
     
  9. nunes013, Dec 20, 2010
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    nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yea, same problem

    EDIT: i was able to remove one thing but everything else freezes it
     
  10. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Well, that Fan Control pane seems quit old, and it wasn't installed correctly. What happens if you close Sys Prefs, temporarily move Fan Control.prefPane to your desktop and then restart Sys Prefs. Any better?
     
  11. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i got hyperdock to go away, but everything else stays. i actually want fan control. i want to get rid of growl and cs4 cues
     
  12. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Well, I don't think Fan Control is compatible with OS X 10.6. See http://www.lobotomo.com/products/index.html

    No 10.6 compatible symbol for Fan Control. (Does it work at all to control fans?)

    Move it temporarily to your Desktop and see if System Prefs behaves correctly again.
     
  13. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i followed their uninstall options and rebooted the computer, fan control is gone but still all the others freeze, i can manually get rid by going into library/preferencepanes and moving each to the trash

    fan control does work on 10.6 even if nots compatible, i use it for large cpu tasks like handbrake which run the cpu to almost 100%
     
  14. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Not sure what to suggest. I'd probably uninstall all those preference panes and then reinstall the ones I want. I'd also be sure to repair permissions.
     
  15. nunes013 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, ill do that later, thanks for all your time and help!!!!
     
  16. wizardofwet macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if you can help me too, I'm having the same problem but when i entered the previous code this popped up

    drwxrwxr-x 3 root wheel 102 Nov 4 2011 Flash Player.prefPane

    I tried sudo chown -R root /Library/PreferencePanes/Fan* and a warning message came up, i'm guessing it removes flash player from my mac or something so i decided to ask you
     

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