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    System Preferences wont open
    Just like the title. My system preferences wont open when I click on it. Help!

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    1st I'd try repair permissions - have seen it fix some pretty strange things here lately.

    Next, try moving the preference file to the desktop - am assuming this is the only issue you have. Located at Users / your user / Library / Preferences / com.Apple.SystemPreferences.plist - Log out and back in.
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    Any error messages?

    Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/) and execute the following (copy & paste it and press enter):
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    /Applications/System\ Preferences.app/Contents/MacOS/System\ Preferences
    Does anything get printed (written) back in the Terminal?
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    Vansmith it says No such file or directory. bobtomay I will try yours next. Thanx

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    Bobtomay how do I get to repair permissions?

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    Utilities / Disk Utilities

    Highlight MacIntosh HD on the left, you'll see the option to repair permissions.

    You can try it, but I'm guessing you have something worse going on with a return of No such file or directory.
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    Is System Preferences not in your /Applications directory? If not, there's your problem.
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    Vansmith what do I need to do to get it working again?

    bobtomay I did what you suggested I verified then repaired and so much stuff came up it was to much to list. SUID and warnings and such. Stuff I could not comprehend. At the end it said something is at 80 but should be 0??? But still no system preferences.

    Thanx for the help...

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