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OS 10.3 - Disappearing "System Preferences"

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this morning, i woke up to a lovely day... then found my system preferences is missing. The files seem to be in /system/library/perference panes... Things seem to work, generally, but its a little worrying, none-the-less. The icon in the dock is greyed-out and has one of those worrying question marks ominously looming over it... I have tried opening it directly (eg, going to "open date and time" or directly from the apple menu...) but all seems useless...restarting don't help either... all seems find till i click on shortcut...then the ominious question marks and greying out return...

Its perfectly possible I accidentally deleted the application (is it even an application?) and this is why the short-cut is still there, but inactive. If so...can I download and install just the "system pref" without installing the whole sheabang? if so, where from?

However, is there anyother reason... firefox also seems to be acting a bit weird... could i have been hacked?

my wee compie did have an accident last night (of which I am still guilt ridden) when it slipped off the couch and onto a carpeted has a small dent on the bottom righthand corner near the battery...don't think that such an accident could have caused these issues...but, hey, you never know... more info I provide might lead to some earlier solution, right?

any help would be appreciated...

many thanks.
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Was it on when it fell? The fall could easily have damaged the hard drive.

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No. it wasn't "on" per was alseep...but not "screen-up-and-flagrantly-processing" so to speak...

anyone else got any suggestions?

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