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Lion resets my wallpaper to default "galaxy" pic after every restart

45516 Views 52 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2013 1:02 AM by sc46 RSS
  • fishffishstinks Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Is this fixed in Mountain Lion and will this be fixed at all in say 10.7.5? I got my first Macbook a week ago today and am getting frustrated with this OS being so buggy. I was lied to and told Mac's were superior because they don't have stupid issues that Windows has, which is untrue. It seems way more out of whack compared to Windows.

  • quitsayingmetoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I don't think you realize this is a forum supported by users and not apple...asking a question about a system in beta and knowing if a problem is fixed isn't going to get answered. It's not like the coder working on that issue is on here looking to answer questinos for people that are borderline dumb...

     

    You are an idiot if someone told you Macs don't have issues and believed them...you are either a troll or a simple man. I see you've posted in three different places on this issue...

     

    Either way I've been working on Linux, Mac and Windows for many years...and Windows 7 is a major improvement but still not as smooth as OSX. If you are having issues (buggy) across the board I would look at the hardware or the user. Although OSX is far from perfect and Lion has had more head scratching issues then Snow Leopard...it's far from "buggy". Since your three posts all deal with the same simple concern, I don't think you have a mess of "buggy" issues...just this one. The rest are things you simply don't understand yet.

     

    As a matter of fact I could bet money it's operator error or your inability to understand and deal with change...if you have only be using OSX for a week. My wife complained for a year when we switched at home...because she doesn't do charge.

     

    In closing the fix is listed in this post...but you don't have the skill set (yet) to fix it.

  • Jauhari Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am fixed this problem by Reinstalling my OS X. I think this happen when some functions/files didn't installed correctly. I have try different method and have NO LUCK. So Re Install my OS X system has been fix this problem.

  • fishffishstinks Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    "asking a question about a system in beta" - Lion isn't in beta

    "if you have only be using OSX for a week." - Years but never owned one until now

    "I would look at the hardware or the user" - It's the OS's/programmers fault

    "I see you've posted in three different places" - My own thread and this thread, that's two

    " The rest are things you simply don't understand yet" - Yeah like how to set a wallpaper

    "You are an idiot" - "your inability" - "you are either a troll or a simple man" - You sir are the troll

     

    This type of a problem should not exist. I've read posts about this exact issue from almost a year ago, and Apple has let neglected them. Look at all the users reformatting their machines just for a simple wallpaper issue. I could go on but I digress. Here's a fix without reformatting. Paste it into Text Edit and save as WallpaperFix.sh and run it whenever it occurs.

     

    echo "This will erase com.apple.desktop.plist and com.apple.desktop.plist.lockfile in ~/Library/Preferences"

    echo "Please enter your root password:"

    su

    cd ~/Library/Preferences

    rm com.apple.desktop.plist

    rm com.apple.desktop.plist.lockfile

    echo "Files deleted successfully, please reboot"

  • jcbigears Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi.

    I had a similar problem and it frustrated me no end.  After migrating from an older laptop there were all sorts of files permissions problems that I fixed by doing the cmd-R reboot, password reset etc solution.

    With the desktop picture issue I was having, same as yours, I fixed it by noticing that when I ran disk utility - fix permissions, there were five files that had problems, and they all had permissions set that started with an "l".  Every time I ran it, the same files showed up.  I did some research and found that they were shortcuts.  I went into their locations and simply found the original file (right click on the shortcut), and dragged it to where the shortcut was, thereby replacing it.  The original file was usually in a folder called V2 one more level down.  I ran disk utility - repair permissions one more time, and it came back with lots of errors, but the next time I ran it there were none.  Now the desktop picture stays what I want it to be, and some other things are working better too.

    Overall, since buying the MacBook Pro, the migration has been not as smooth as I would've liked, but I think it's mostly to do with permissions.

    All the best,

    John

  • basemfromrevere Calculating status...

    HI

     

    From Finder just press option key and chose GO from menu bar click on library and open preference folder then delete (com.apple.preference.desktopscreeneffect.plist).

     

    will work fine after .

  • Ahmed21788 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    If your wallpaper changes back to default (Galaxy) after reboot or after logout it is because


    the wallpaper you set was on another drive.

    and this drive loads after your settings are loaded.


    MAC OS X Lion / Mountain Lion does not save your wallpaper on the native HDD, rather tries to load the wallpaper from the original HDD, i guess only the path to the wallpaper is saved in the OS X settings.


    Anyways..

    what happens is that when your OS X boots up it does not find the path to your wallpaper since the HDD you've saved your wallpapers in has not mounted yet.


    One basic solution for this is to save your wallpapers in the HDD where you've installed the MAC OS X..


    but I didnt want to save all my wallpapers in Native Mountain Lion HDD, so i figured out my perfect fix..!!


    This is how i fixed..


    I found this file in my Mountain Lion install pendrive.. autodiskmount.plist


    Library/Preferences/System/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount.plist


    If you can't find it on your OS X Install Drive then you can make one by typing


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

    <plist version="0.9">

    <dict>

    <key>AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin</key><true/>

    </dict>

    </plist>


    rename ur txt file to autodiskmount.plist


    or download the file from this post.


    save this in your MAC OS X HDD


    Library/Preferences/System/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount.plist


    Voila..!!


    restart your system..



    Now save your wallpapers where ever you want on your computer and i didnt have to worry about the wallpaper changing back to default.

  • Ahmed21788 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    If your wallpaper changes back to default (Galaxy) after reboot or after logout it is because


    the wallpaper you set was on another drive.

    and this drive loads after your settings are loaded.


    MAC OS X Lion / Mountain Lion does not save your wallpaper on the native HDD, rather tries to load the wallpaper from the original HDD, i guess only the path to the wallpaper is saved in the OS X settings.


    Anyways..

    what happens is that when your OS X boots up it does not find the path to your wallpaper since the HDD you've saved your wallpapers in has not mounted yet.


    One basic solution for this is to save your wallpapers in the HDD where you've installed the MAC OS X..


    but I didnt want to save all my wallpapers in Native Mountain Lion HDD, so i figured out my perfect fix..!!


    This is how i fixed..


    I found this file in my Lion install drive.. autodiskmount.plist


    Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount.plist


    If you can't find it on your OS X Install Drive then you can make one by typing


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

    <plist version="0.9">

    <dict>

    <key>AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin</key><true/>

    </dict>

    </plist>


    rename ur txt file to autodiskmount.plist


    save this in your MAC OS X HDD


    Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount.plist


    Voila..!!


    restart your system..



    Now save your wallpapers where ever you want on your computer and i didnt have to worry about the wallpaper changing back to default.

  • Sir Steevus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just got off the phone with Apple Support.

     

    Go to... Library:Preferences , delete 'com.apple.desktop.plist'

     

    Choose your desktop background; reset computer.

  • Sir Steevus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    SORRY, I FORGOT TO ADD A STEP TO FIND THE "com.apple.desktop.plist"

     

    ~I'm running a base retina Macbook with Mountain Lion.~

    I just got off the phone with Apple Support.

     

    ~~~On the Finder bar, click 'Go', hold 'alt/option', click Library.~~~

     

    Now navigate to:

     

    Library:Preferences , delete 'com.apple.desktop.plist'

     

    Choose your desktop background; reset computer.

  • Dehinor Calculating status...

    Well guys today comes the update from the mountain lion i upgrade and this problem with the wallpaper remains on my MacBook Pro, i reviewed many post like this one and no one from apple is answering our problem. So

    what will happened?!!!!!

  • Sir Steevus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The most ridiculous glitch/bug. Pay $2000 for a computer and it can't even set the background picture right.

     

    If you contact Apple, they will tell you to do the "delete 'com.apple.desktop.plist'" trick.

  • Nikohawk Calculating status...

    So I've been struggling with this today, tried everything listed above, nothing worked for me....

     

    The one thing that finally fixed it was me going into my "Users" Settings and changing it to password login at the main boot up screen... After I hit restart, entered my password for login and the picture stayed the same each time! I tested it 5 times... each time never changed to old picture.

  • Pipcha1 Calculating status...

    Hi guys I had this problem but have now sorted it out. What you have to do is keep the image that you are wanting in a dedicated folder. So you can't use an image for your wallpaper and then delete it it must be kept somewhere and remain in the same place otherwise on start up the mac can't find the image and therefore resets it to the original apple one

     

    Hope that helped

     

    Ollie

  • jmchip Calculating status...

    I have this same issue. I tried several of the workarounds suggested in this thread, including 1. deleteing the com.apple.desktop.plist 2. making a dedicated folder for the selected desktop image 3. running disk utility.

     

    None of the options worked except disabling automatic login when logging in. But entering my password every time I reboot just to keep my desktop image is very frustrating. This was never an issue on my MBPR until the 10.8.2 update.

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