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OS 10.5 - Help FAAST! System preferences crash when opening background and screensaver panel!!


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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!
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So let's see ... you vandalized someone else's property and now you want help to fix it FAAAAST? Good luck my friend.

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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?
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Try deleting preferences.plist from his user library, found at ~/Library/Preferences
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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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