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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2008
    Help FAAST! System preferences crash when opening background and screensaver panel!!
    So my friend and I played a trick on an intern here at work who just got a new MBP. We swapped his background out for a vista one - real simple, right.

    Well, he got back and had a good chuckle about it UNTIL - the system preferences panel crashed after he tried to switch it back.

    So here is the only symptom:

    Open system preferences
    Click "backgrounds and screensaver"
    window opens, looks ok
    window closes and error screen pops up saying "system prefrences unexpectedly closed"

    HELP! he is ****** now!

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Jan 31, 2008
    So let's see ... you vandalized someone else's property and now you want help to fix it FAAAAST? Good luck my friend.
    iMac G3
    600 MHz
    OS 10.3.9

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2008
    vandalized is harsh for a common office prank.

    People go to mac forums for help, you don't ask everyone if they have robbed a bank lately before offering advice do you?

  4. #4

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    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    Try deleting preferences.plist from his user library, found at ~/Library/Preferences

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks Beach!

    We figured it out before i saw your post, but you are right - that is the solution.

    Delete preferences.plist and desktop.plist from the USER library.

    Other sources fail to mention the USER library part.

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