IMac :: How To Restore System Preferences

Jul 20, 2010

somehow my system preferences got deleted. I go to open my system preferences and it says it is incomplete or damaged. How do i restore this?


OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Restore Resolution Choices In Display In System Preferences

May 11, 2012

Today I did my normal software update as usual only to find out the Lion update left me with only two choices of screen resolution, 1920x1200(too big) and 960x600(too small), on my 24" iMac. The same update did not affect my Pro. As I need a 1024x768 screen resolution on my iMac, how can I restore those screen resolution settings? I called AppleCare, and they sent me an additional update that I downloaded and installed but it did not change anything. My iMac is right at 5 years old. Do these things ever get to the point that updates create such problems? Everything was working perfectly until this happened. Plus they said there's no way to go back(that is, return to the same point that I was before the update).

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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IMac :: Headphones Not Showing Up In System Preferences

Feb 3, 2009

I just plugged headphones into the headphone port on my iMac(dual core 2.4)

I went to system preferences, sound, then output and only the internal speakers show up.

I rebooted the machine and still, same thing.


I tried the same headphones on the eMac sitting next to it, and it worked just fine. Still confused about the iMac

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OS X :: IMac G4 / Leopard - System Preferences Lock

Mar 1, 2009

I have an iMac G4 with Leopard, and there seems to be a glitch with my System Preferences. I can lock and password protect all of the panes available as I would normally. I have however discovered an issue. These locks seem to unlock themselves after powering back on. I'm not sure if the same happens upon logging back in, as I never log out to start with. Any solutions for this? Better yet, am I the only one who experiences this?

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IMac :: Wooden System Preferences Icon - Can't Locate

Nov 2, 2010

I am trying to find a wooden system preferences icon and can't seem to find one.

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IMac :: Optimum Online Email - System Preferences

Apr 12, 2009

I can't connect the email on the mail application. I can't even go on the System preferences.

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IMac :: Network Preferences- Cannot Get Main Page For System Preference?

Nov 30, 2010

Im trying to get into my Network preferences, but it is not letting me. All that I am getting is the main page for system preferences and it says loading network. There might already be a thread for this, but I couldn't find it.

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MacBook Pro :: When Open The Accounts Preferences, System Preferences Quits Unexpectedly?

Apr 21, 2012

I've a MBP running 10.6.8. When I open the Accounts preferences, System preferences quits unexpectedly.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Applications :: Where Are The Preferences In System Preferences Located

May 12, 2010

I'm not talking about the System Preferences app itself, I'm talking about the settings within the app. So for instance, the security settings, and the mouse settings, energy saver, etc.

Where can I find the settings files on my Mac so I can back them up?

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IMac :: Headphones Not Showing In System Preferences / Only Showing Internal Speakers

Jun 5, 2010

I just plugged headphones into the headphone port on my iMac(dual core 2.4) I went to system preferences, sound, then output and only the internal speakers show up. I rebooted the machine and still, same thing.

I tried the same headphones on the eMac sitting next to it, and it worked just fine. Still confused about the iMac

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IMac PPC :: Can't Open "preferences System" In Apple Menu

Mar 11, 2012

I wanted to cha,ge my security code and I can't open the "preferences system" in the apple menu.


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OS X :: Unable To Make Any Changes On System Preferences / Put Parental Control On System

Mar 29, 2010

could not be sure whether the Admin user - password reset with the CD would be the solution to my question as suggested in previous threads I searched - and have no idea where my start up install CD is

So my question-

I was trying to put parental control to ask for password when my computer starts up. I did something I guess and messed up the info.

I can log in with my own account when I restart my apple - which says now it is a standard account (must have messed that up)- but can not make any changes on system preferences or anything else that requires login and password. It requires Admin info. My own login that I use now used to be my admin so do not have any other info set.

now on system pref - accounts - an account titled "test" seems to be admin but can not even access that and reverse myself to be the admin since I can not unlock system pref. Or cant click on "Login Options" for the same reason.

There are no other users on this computer than me.

What do I need to do to make myself admin again?

Hope this was somewhat a clear question

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Sharing System Preferences Freezes Entire System

Jul 3, 2012

I recently took the plunge and installed Lion after being content with Snow Leopard....well now I have quite a few issues. When I open system preferences for some reason it automatically opens to Network...why I'm not sure. When I click show all, then click sharing, I can't make any changes in the Sharing preferences without my entire system locking up. I can't force quit or anything. I can still use the mouse but all I have is the rainbow wheel!

I have searched and searched and haven't been able to fix it. I have tried booting into the Guest account and the same problem happens there. I have trashed all the plist files everyone says to try. I have tried repairing permissions etc. I feel like I have tried everything. Is there anything else that I can do without have to do a clean re-install. I'm hearing if I do this that I won't be able to migrate my files from by backups due to permission problems?

I also took a look at my system log and it is full of this!
Jul 3 22:24:26 jessica-imac[1] ([1307]): Exited with code: 1
Jul 3 22:24:26 jessica-imac[1] ( Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds .....

Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Restore The Java Preferences?

May 9, 2012

I mistakenly deleted Java Preferences from my Utilities folder. How can I restore it? Is there an easy way?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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MacBook Pro :: How To Restore Color Preferences

Jun 26, 2012

I was in WORD and messed with the colors in System Preferences and now want to restore the original (pre-mess). I have Time Machine. What files should I restore, if any?

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Software :: How To Restore Java Application Preferences?

May 26, 2010

i mistakenly deleted the java preferences application from utilities, how do i restore it?

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MacBook :: Internet Says Have Internet But Wont Connect - Cannot Open System Preferences Or Internet Preferences

May 10, 2009

I have a macbook a little over a year old. It's my first mac and I love it. Yesterday though it started acting really weird. I first noticed that it was really, really hot and the fan was running. I turned it off and back on and here's what I found out:

Applications are being deleted from macbook. ITunes, IPhoto, iChat have clear question marks over icon. There are 8-10 blank spaces in the Applications folder where applications have been deleted. However, data is still there (ex. pictures still there, but no iPhoto).

Internet= Says I have internet but wont connect.

Cannot open " System Preferences" or "Internet Preferences".

If connected to home computer will connect to internet and allowed to open internet preferences but still no system preferences.

If shut down....takes a while to come back on and starts up 2-3 times.

Also "Preview" is gone. Now " ColorSync Utility" opens.

Is this my hard drive dying? I'm tech challenged, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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OS X :: Can't Get Into System Preferences?

Jun 6, 2009

When I go into system preferences a screen comes up saying my network settings have been changed by another application. I can't delete this or get into system preferences.

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OS X :: Some System Preferences Not Working?

Apr 26, 2010

When I try to change the keyboard system preferences or the bluetooth system preferences, the 'application' locks up (Doesn't bring up any details, force quit gets out of it). I've tried leaving it for ages to see if it eventually opens but it doesn't.

This means I can't use any bluetooth devices or change the keyboard shortcuts.

It only happens on one of my otherwise identical Mac Pros; the other is fine.

Any clues as to how to repair it? I tried reinstalling Snow Leopard but that didn't help. I didn't do a clean install though as I'd rather put up with it than make a clean install work with all the apps etc.

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OS X :: Two IStatLocalDaemon In System Preferences?

Sep 5, 2010

In System preferences > Security> Firewall> Advance, I see two iStatLocalDaemon. How come there are two? Is this normal and if not, what is the problem?

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OS X :: Cannot Open System Preferences?

Aug 17, 2006

I'm trying to do some work in the system prefs, and the app. just won't open. Sometimes it just bounces in the dock bar, and other times it does nothing.

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OS X :: Won't Use / System Preferences Crash

Aug 9, 2007

I just bought a new iMac on Aug. 7. When I enter System Preferences and they Display/Screensaver the program opens and then immediately crashes. The Display/Screensaver opened the first time I tried. I selected a picture for my background. Ever since then all it will do is crash when I try to open.

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OS X :: System Preferences Not Get Opened?

Feb 28, 2008

I can't get system preferences to open. I can click on it but nothing happens.

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OS X :: System Preferences Application Gone

Oct 6, 2008

My System Preferences is gone. I definitely did not delete it so I can't understand where it has gone. Nonetheless, I'm traveling at the moment and won't have access to my installation discs for 9 more months. Do I just need the SystemPreferences.App file? I'm running version 10.5.5.

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OS X :: My System Preferences Keep Resetting?

Nov 13, 2008

Every time I restart my iMac, my desktop wallpaper reverts back to the default and my mouse configuration is reset so the buttons no longer do what I demand of them (Button4: Expose, I say!)

It seems to be just those two issues but it happens pretty much every time the system shuts down (although not every single time). Energy saving is fine. My dock is fine. Nothing else seems to be touched.

I've reset the PRAM. I've deleted the system preferences file from the library ( I've repaired permissions.

I still have this problem.

Any ideas or solutions, aside from reinstalling OS X or not restarting my iMac ever?

I should mention that I'm running 10.5.5 on an Aluminum 2.0 Core 2 Duo Intel iMac. My system is all-natural. No fancy hacks or system modification programs installed here.

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OS X :: System Preferences Icon Gone?

Apr 9, 2009

I just installed iLife '09 on a fresh install of OS X 10.5.6 and my system preferences icon is gone the spot is there i can still click on it but the icon is gone.

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OS X :: System Preferences Locks Up

Jun 19, 2009

I just got a new uMBP today. Really nice machine. I have a Time Machine backup of my old system that I used to restore onto the new system using Migration Assistant. I must say it was very easy to use, and it took all my information and data from my old computer and migrated it to my new system with ease. It saved days of software installation and resetting preferences and everything. Tested software and everything opens fine as if it had been installed on this system itself.

Slight problem though with System Preferences though, specifically the Screen Savers portion. It is very clunky and will eventually lock up System Preferences as a whole. I have to Force Quit it and reopen it again. It does not do this anywhere else in the System Preferences.
I have removed the
and even the: from:

Both individually as well as together and rebooted the machine, but no luck, System Preferences still locks up when visiting the screen saver section. I even went in and manually deleted the screen savers that I had installed and rebooted and still did not have any luck. At this point I went in and did an archive and install of the OS as well thinking that maybe there was a conflict with the OS during the migration. It still locks up in the screen saver panel.

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OS X :: Get Back System Preferences?

Apr 22, 2010

I haven't been able to open System Preference. And when I'm on a different account, other than the Administrator, there's an icon on the dock saying "System Preference" but it's a ? as the icon. How do I get it back so I can open it?

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OS X :: System Preferences Failure?

May 7, 2010

I used SuperDuper to create a mirror image of my SSD boot drive on one of the partitions on the external drive. Thinking it wise to actually check to see if the partition would boot, I used System Preferences to point to the new boot drive and restarted the ol' 2008 8x2.8 Mac Pro.

All seemed well with the startup from the new boot device. But when I tried to go to System Preferences on this system, the app failed without ever initializing a window.

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OS X :: System Preferences Not Working?

Jul 12, 2010

I accidentally (somehow) put system preferences in the trashcan and now it doesn't work. I've checked google, but I'm using OS Snow Leopard 10.6.3 and can't find anywhere how to fix it on this OS, anyone have a fix?

I tried the applications disk that comes with the computer as well, but no luck.

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QuickTime :: Does Not Appear In System Preferences

Feb 28, 2012

Quicktime does not appear in my System Preferences? why, I'm wanting to enter my registration keycode...where has it gone ?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Mac Pro :: System Preferences Keeps Freezing?

May 27, 2012

I went to go change my desktop background, and every time i open system preferences I get the pin wheel. System preferences opens up in the desktop/screensaver section, but automatically gives me the pin wheel. How can i fix this?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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ICloud :: Does Not Appear In System Preferences

Jul 4, 2012

Simply, iCloud does not appear in system preferences on my MacBook..My iPhone still works with iCloud?

MacBook, iCloud

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OS X :: Cannot Access Display In System Preferences

Feb 5, 2010

When I try to select display in system pref. the display window will open and then close without letting me make any changes.

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OS X :: Getting System Preferences Debug Window?

Aug 24, 2010

I'm not sure what happened, but I'm getting debug options in System Preferences..

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OS X :: System Preferences Freezes All The Time?

Dec 19, 2010

whenever i try to remove something like growl or hyperdock from the other section of the system preferences pane, system preferences freezes. it has done this since whenever i first installed snow leopard on my computer. is this a snow leopard bug that apple has never fixed or should i try a system restore from the 10.6 disks.

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OS X :: System Preferences Quit Unexpectedly

Feb 13, 2007

I have had a Macbook for about 2 months, and the 1st 2 months all the applications (including system preferences) has worked without a problem. Just about a week ago, iwent to open system preferences. That worked fine. But, when i went to click on "Desktop & Screen Saver" the application froze for a minute, then automatically quit! A screen poped up saying "The application system preferences quit unexpectedly", and gave the the option of closing it, reporting it, or reopening it. I tried to reopen it, but that didn't do anything (the same thing happened). So, i tried to restart my laptop, and when it had finished restarting, i went to do the same thing as before (open desktop and screen saver) and it "quit unexpectedly" again, and the same screen poped up. I still cant get it to open, and it has already been a week.

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OS X :: Tiger System Preferences Icon?

Mar 31, 2008

Does anyone know where I can get the system preferences icon from Tiger? I really dislike Leopard's.

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OS X :: Free VPN Via Network In System Preferences

Apr 26, 2008

I'm looking for a free vpn. either via network in system prefs or via 3rd party app. i have found a great one called hotspot shield but i went over the monthly limit.

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OS X :: Can't Authenticate In System Preferences On Tiger

Mar 9, 2009

I am looking into some computer issues a friend was having with her G5 iMac. While I was snooping around some simple things that could be the issue she was having I came across an interesting issue. When in System Preferences clicking the "Click the lock to make changes." does absolutely nothing. It is kind of silly as I am unable to do anything in System Preferences, which severely limits what I can do with the computer. I searched Google about 25 different ways and came up with nothing on how to correct this problem.

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