System Preferences Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Huddle, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Huddle macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have a problem when I click system preferences, when I click it it only shows one lane, that Says others. Which use to be at the bottom off system preferences, there is an option to click Show all. But nothing happens.
    Can you help me ?
  2. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    Hmm, I don't know what's going on here, but in the search bar (in the top right corner of the Preferences window) can you make sure it's empty? Check for spaces in there too!
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Raid had a good thought, but at least on 10.5 clicking "Show All" will also clear the search field, so that's probably not what's going on.

    The first thing I'd try is repairing permissions; if somehow the OS doesn't have permissions to read the pref panes and/or their enclosing folder, that might cause this. If you've never run Repair Permissions before there are descriptions everywhere (but basically open Disk Utility, select your system disk, and click the appropriately-labeled button).

    Next thing to do would be to go to /System/Library/PreferencePanes (note that this is the Library in the system folder at the top level of your hard drive, not the Library folder in your user folder or the Library folder at the top level, either). It should have about 30 items in it for all the stock preference panes; if it doesn't, then some rather vital system files somehow got deleted and it's probably time for an Archive and Install to repair whatever else might have happened, though I'd try to identify the cause first.

    If everything there is in order, and a Repair Permissions and restart don't help, do you have a separate user account on the machine you could log into to see if it's ok? Normally I'd suggest creating one, but of course you can't get to the relevant preference pane...

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