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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tuffman, Oct 23, 2008.
I've tried using disk utility already anybody have any advice?
You need to repair permissions, and the best utility for that is Onyx.
Started verify/repair permissions on disk disk0s2 Macintosh HD
Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/OwnerGroupTool" has been modified and will not be repaired
Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired
Group differs on "private/etc/cups", should be 0, group is 26
Finished verify/repair permissions on disk disk0s2 Macintosh HD
This is what popped up after I did that.... any one have suggestions?
Boot off your OS X CD and run disk utility there, see if it fixes it
Install it Again?
No No not reinstall the System software, if you boot off the os x cd, it has disk utility application there. You could try running that and see if it repairs the permissions on the hard disk
Sorry i should have been more clear in my previous reply
No that's fine..anyway I tried that and it said something had been modified and would not repair?
Whilst you have booted off the cd can you run a verify on the HDD? see what that comes back with
It says, Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/OwnerGroupTool" has been modified and will not be repaired
and, "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired
AHHHH it still won't work!!! thanks for your help though
dont worry about the SUID warning.
try trashing com.apple.systempreferences.plist in home/Library/Preferences.
Ah just tried that and it still doesn't work...
thanx for all help still
Log into another user account and see if you have the same problem.
I only have one user on this computer and to make another one I'd have to go through system preferences..
Anybody else have any suggestions? Any help is welcome
Anyone at all have any suggestions?
Does anyone have any idea how i can fix this problem?
Yeah, you've probably just turned off access to System Prefs, you can give your user account access in the Accounts preferences on the left hand side of system preferences.
Agreed. I use that too
I sometimes get it happening
It just wont open, not often though
Weel I've tried all that and it won't let me open up any of the preferences I've tried to go around it everyway I can think of
i was looking at this earlier today to try and find a way to fix this problem on my girlfriend's macbook pro.
you could open system preferences from the dock just fine, but when you went to the apple menu - it would try to open, and the system preferences would show up as a default icon on the dock for a split second, and then crash.
i repaired permissions.. and then rebooted (just for safe measure)... the problem was not fixed
i ended up opening the console - and then trying to open System Preferences from the Apple menu.
it relayed to me a crash error. i wish i had it copied to show everyone - but it basically said that it couldn't find the System Preferences.app.
I had noticed that she had a System Preferences icon on her desktop, so i checked the applications folder - and there it was. the default icon. When i tried to open it the same thing happened. it crashed.
i ended up trashing the file (after entering the Admin password) and then dragging her desktop icon of System Prefs back into the Applications folder.
That fixed the problem!
i assume she dragged the icon out at one point in time, and OS X's Apple Menu had the selection Alias-ed/Shortcut to it.
you'd think that if you had a permissions problem, System Preferences wouldn't open ANYWHERE. so repairing permissions may not always be the problem
check out the console again.
fixing the preferences icon
on my mac mini the preference icon no longer worked after install of SL and i would get a (this ver will not work with this bla bla bla )
but if i open my airport go down to the network preferences
then in upper left click show all
it will load the system preferences and load a icon in the bar with the dot beside it and then i told it to keep this icon on my bar and removed the old one there you go it is fixed
well it worked for me and i hope it will help others.
it is a work around that is simple and quick
I was having this problem. System preferences would say it's open (highlighted on the dock) but nothing on screen. Expose or "Show All" would not show the preferences panes... and in the end, it turned out that I had the system preferences on another monitor which just happened to be turned off (rather, switched away via a KVM switch).
Holy thread necro, Batman! =D