9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2012 11:17 AM by ss1905
ss1905 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

The main problem with my mac is that I do not have date and time preferences.

Early 2008 white MacBook with OS X 10.5.8Picture 2.png


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    axle123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well it might be a bug but I doubt it.

    Maybe if you click the clock at the top of the screen that may be the only way of accessing the settings.

    If it is a bug then updating your iOS may be the answer.

  • 2. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    ss1905 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply but the clock way did not work. Also if I update my OS X or reinstall it, I will lose my windows OS as well as all data in it. If there is any other way, pls let me know.

  • 3. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    vasili0s Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    Looks like some of your files have become corrupt. Insert your install DVD and press the 'C' button upon boot. Up top click the utilities menu and run Disk Utility to verify and if need be to repair your disk. After this restart your system and reset your NVRAM as shown here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379?viewlocale=en_US

     

    Now try removing the following files: User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemuiserver.plist AND User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist, then proceed to reboot your system.

     

    If still nothing, I would argue in favour of re-installing your OS X over the current installation to thoroughly fix the problem.

     

    Good luck

  • 4. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    ss1905 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this may sound dumb...but I hope the above solution will not affect my mac's data or windows data in any way?

    Thanks in advance.

  • 5. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    vasili0s Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    Of course NOT ss1905. Plist files are alternativley called Property List Files, all these essentially store are user settings.

  • 6. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    I think this is unrelated to the plists.  I hope I am wrong so try removing the plists suggested above and hope for the best.  But if that doesn't work open Terminal (in Utilities) and copy/paste the following line into the terminal window:

     

    ls -l /System/Library/PreferencePanes

     

    Hit return.  You will see a list of the preference pane files used to populate the preference pane window.  There will be more there than you actually see.  But is there a file named DateAndTime.prefPane?  If not, then one might ask where did it go and what else got corrupted?  But first things first.  Is the file there?

  • 7. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    ss1905 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    X423424X you were quite right. The DateAndTime.prefPane was not there.

     

    And vasili0s your method did not work.Thanks anyway.

  • 8. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Wonder what else isn't there?

     

    No backups of your system?

     

    This is a 10.5.8 system?

     

    I am not sure what to suggest to you.  If it were me in this situation and I knew 100% it was only some prefpanes missing I would just suck copies off the installer dvds or updaters with Pacifist (but of course I always have two backups so it cannot happen).  But I am not suggesting you do that because you don't know 100% that's the only thing that's gone.  Odds are pretty good if that's gone some other stuff is gone as well and the system cannot be trusted.

     

    I guess you should boot from your installer dvd and run Disk Utility on your boot drive to repair/verify it.  If you are very lucky, perhaps some directory indices got clobbered and if DU can straighten that out maybe your prefpane(s) will reappear (one can only hope).

     

    In the end you may have to reinstall as an update install as painful as that may be.

     

    If you ever do get this straightened out I would suggest the first thing you do is create a backup.

     

    Another thing to consider if you are pushed to the wall and have to reinstall.  Consider updating to 10.6.x if for no other reason to get the latest java updates to help protect against the various strains of trojans floating around.  Of course I am not sure these trojans are attacking 10.5's anyhow.  But I toss the idea in for consideration.

  • 9. Re: Date And Time Preferences
    ss1905 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Solved!

    There are 2 ways:

    1. Take the .prefpane file from a friend using exactly the same OS.

    2. Use pacifist. Its remarkably easy.

     

    Thanks to everyone who helped me.