System Preferences Won't Open!

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  1. Tuffman macrumors newbie

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    I've tried using disk utility already anybody have any advice?
     
  2. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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?
     
  3. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Boot off your OS X CD and run disk utility there, see if it fixes it
     
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    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
     
  6. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No that's fine..anyway I tried that and it said something had been modified and would not repair?
     
  7. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Whilst you have booted off the cd can you run a verify on the HDD? see what that comes back with
     
  8. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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
     
  9. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AHHHH it still won't work!!! thanks for your help though
     
  10. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    dont worry about the SUID warning.

    try trashing com.apple.systempreferences.plist in home/Library/Preferences.
     
  11. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah just tried that and it still doesn't work...
    thanx for all help still :)
     
  12. Quint macrumors member

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    Log into another user account and see if you have the same problem.
     
  13. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only have one user on this computer and to make another one I'd have to go through system preferences..
     
  14. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anybody else have any suggestions? Any help is welcome :)
     
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  16. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone have any idea how i can fix this problem?
     
  17. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  18. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    I sometimes get it happening

    It just wont open, not often though
     
  20. Tuffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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
     
  21. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    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. :rolleyes:
     
  22. the rookie macrumors newbie

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    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
    and click.
    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
     
  23. Etruscan macrumors newbie

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    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).
     

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