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Dashboard widgets don’t connect to the internet


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Hello,


I’m not able to use widgets that connect to the internet to get their information (like Weather, Stocks or Currency converter) for a few weeks now.

In currency converter, I just get the error message “Data unavailable”, Stocks’ error message is “Error retrieving chart”, though it’s trying to “retrieve data” all the time. The weather widget even doesn’t find any towns while already added weather widgets only have a pulsing “°”-sign in the upper right corner instead of showing the town’s weather.

The problem existed in 10.5 as well as in 10.6, but I can’t remember the last operating system’s number without this problem. My system is an iMac7,1 with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2. Everything else needing a connection to the internet works fine.

I hope that I described my problem in a comprehensible English and that anyone can help me.


Best wishes!
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Give this a shot - move your dashboard preference files to the desktop, log out and back in

It's located at your Users / your user / Library / Preferences /
com.apple.dashboard.plist and the dashboard.client.plist

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Hello bobtomay, this perfectly worked for me. I already deleted those two files, but I only restarted the Dock (killall Dock) afterwards instead of logging out and back in.
Thank you so much! :-)
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Hi, I'm having the same problem but when I moved those files to the desktop and logged out then back in (and then even restarted) it didn't solve the problem -- only removed everything from my dashboard and reverted back to the default of just one weather, the clock, the calendar, and the calculator. My weather widget has my city but just the pulsing circle in the corner and no data. When I try to change the city to something else, it just says "Validating..." forever. Any help? Thanks in advance.
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