System Preferences window not remembering its location

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  1. metalray@mac.co macrumors member

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    I am running :apple:leopard and the following bug has bothered me for a while now. I cant seam to find anyone with the same issue. Apparently the System Preferences pane wishes to open in a unpleasant location every-time I open it. You know half way off the screen!:mad: This has irritated me and I have tried everything I could think of to fix it.

    Please help me; I would appreciate it.:cool:
     

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  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    try quitting System Preferences, trashing com.apple.systempreferences.plist in home/Library/Preferences and then opening System Preferences again.
     
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  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    deleting all everything in the Caches folder in your home library then rebooting?
     
  5. metalray@mac.co thread starter macrumors member

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    would'nt that destroy some of my intentional presets?
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    caches dont hold any settings the preference files do which youve already trashed.

    theres a lot of stuff in the Caches folder and when i troubleshoot i just trash them all and it doesnt hurt anything.
     
  7. Jaschr macrumors member

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    I'd start by narrowing it down. I'd bet it doesn't do it if you create a second account, right? Back up your (currupt) library and start tossing folders on your desktop (but don't get them mixed up with the other 200 icons on there :D) until it stops. When you find the folder, do the same with the plists. Just in case, I would do all the deleting and moving files around in a second account, just copy your library in there. It will take forever, but you should get it.
     
  8. metalray@mac.co thread starter macrumors member

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    I went into the cashes directory and deleted all associating files. I also removed the preference files associated. However nothing helped. How can the system preference window even memorize a different location. It usually never does.

    Thanks jaschr for you suggestion but I don't think that its worth doing all that just yet.

    Its funny. I was observing the com.apple.systempreferences.plist file and it get recreated when I moved the windowed anew. As far as i know this should not happen considering that system preferences should always open centered in the first place.
     
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    could someone please check the status of their "com.apple.systempreferences.plist" under "Main Window Frame SystemPreferencesApp 7.0"? I wonder what the values are suppose to be.
     

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  10. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    this is the default value for me {{626, 478}, {668, 560}}
     
  11. metalray@mac.co thread starter macrumors member

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    It looks like the location gets updated every-time I move it. However once I close it and reopen it it is still in the same weird place without changing the location number. If I move it again it changes value accordingly. This is so frustrating.

    Yes, it is a user specific issue
     
  12. aqsalter macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting this issue as well

    It's really annoying...

    Seems to be a recent issue since I don't remember getting this before.

    My com.apple.systempreferences file updates when I move the window as well, but doesn't seem to remember it when I open SystemPreferences again...

    I've trashed the preferences files as well... no help...

    Any new suggestions?
     

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