Where and how are system preferences stored?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macmesser, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    A recent app demo seems to have messed with my system preferences. Output options have changed and apparently a standard system component that was previously recognized no longer appears as a selectable option in the relevant preferences. Does system preferences use a hardware profile to determine what can be configured? If so, can it be regenerated?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Can you tell us what is missing?

    Sytem Preferences stores settings in multiple ways and not everything can be restored easily. Some things are stored in [~]/Library/Preferences, others in configuration files or databases.
     
  3. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for reply. Sound preferences lost "internal speakers" output option. I thought some system file must have been uninstalled with the app. After restart the option appears again. Seems to be OK now.
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Did you have any sound drivers installed? Kernel extensions can cause such things.
     
  5. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Logmein remote sound driver, and I think Boom 2 had one.
     

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