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    Network Preferences Won't Load

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    When I try to open network preferences from the system preferences window the header changes to "Loading Network...", but no progress is ever made. The window just stays stuck on the initial system preferences window with the loading header.

    Any ideas?

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    Network Preferences Won't Load

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    I'm not so sure it could be that your os is malfunctioning you may want to reinstall os. What are you running tiger? Leopard? snow leopard?

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    Network Preferences Won't Load

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    Snow Leopard

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    I have the same problem on Snow Leopard 10.6.2: Open Network Preferences… leads to the System Preferences window, entitled “Loading Network…”, which doesn’t change.

    Can I reinstall whatever is broken without having to reinstall everything?

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    Create a new user account and try it from there to see if it is system wide or your user account only.
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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    And resetting the PRAM, by holding command-option-p-r whilst rebooting, hasn’t helped.

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    New account test had the same problem: system-wide, not just this login. (Good suggestion, BTW.)

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    The only two things off the top of my head would be:

    repair permissions - have seen this correct some things lately the naysayers to this say it won't do

    reset your router - disconnect the power for 30 seconds and retry

    You are or are not able to connect to the network and/or internet while this is happening? Using ethernet or wireless?


    edit: may be able to reinstall this preference pane with Pacifist, not sure, have never had to use it myself
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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    Using WiFi, configured before this failure, the internet works fine. Indeed, there’s no other obvious loss of functionality (except that I can’t create a peer-to-peer home network).

    Working WiFi was reset recently—after this problem started—and to no obvious effect.

    Permissions being repaired.

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    Permissions repaired. WiFi restarted (can’t see how it could help, nor how it could hurt). No change: still broken.

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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    I've only found two other instances of this in quite a bit of searching that were solved - both were on Jaguar systems - both were system wide - both did all the typical troubleshooting steps, i.e. deleting pref files, pram reset, emptying cache, verifying drive, repair permissions, etc. - both ultimately ended up doing an an archive and install.

    If you already own Pacifist, you might try replacing the existing Network Pref Pane.

    There are a few others around that might have more ideas.

    If you've got a SuperDuper! backup, I'd be checking it to see if it works and pull the file from that drive.
    Or replace it from a Time Machine backup copy.
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    Network Preferences Won't Load
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    Please, in “pull the file from that drive”, which file?

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    The Network.prefpane

    It's located in:

    MacIntosh HD / System / Library / PreferencePanes


    Try moving the existing one to the desktop and then copy over one from a backup prior to when this started happening.
    And maybe try a re-boot, although it shouldn't be necessary.
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    So Pacifist was used to extract Network.prefPane from the instillation disc. Worked perfectly—thank you for the suggestion.

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    Better than a fresh install - glad it worked.
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