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Omri617 Calculating status...
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Nov 11, 2012 12:51 PM

Hi friens ,first post

I found out that the System Preferences is empty! the windows is narrow and small and empty. i Googled a bit and

tried to go to PreferencesPane in the library , but the folders are empty over there too!

What is wrong? what is the fix?

Thanks

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 1:17 PM (in response to Omri617)

    /Library/PreferencesPane is for preference panels of software you have added.

     

    What happens if you use the Apple menu and choose System Preferences?

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to Omri617)

    What is in folder /System/Library/PreferencePanes?

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Omri617)

    HomeIcon.png/Library/Preferences - trash the com.apple.systempreferences.plist file, repair permissions, restart your computer.  When you reach the desktop empty the trash.

     

    If you have already tried the above, try the following -

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.

     

    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.

     

    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.

     

    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.  System Preferences still empty?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to Omri617)

    /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ is empty.

    Then, reboot with the SL install disc and install the OS.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to baltwo)

    I was wondering if just the 10.6.8 Combo would do, rather than a complete re-install?

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:28 PM (in response to Austin Kinsella1)

    Expecting the COMBO to have all to have all the missing prefPanes would be a stretch, IMO.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 2:55 AM (in response to baltwo)

    But less invasive for a first attempt.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to Austin Kinsella1)

    The full installer is guaranteed to restore all the default prefPanes, solving the OP's problem.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to Omri617)

    Prudence calls for backing up everything. I recommend using something like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to make a bootable backup/clone of your existing installation.

     

    Then, just reinstall Snow Leopard, no need to install Leopard. That will only replace all OS components and basic Apple apps, such as TextEdit, Safari, and Terminal, leaving everything else in place, so nothing will be lost.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 4:00 PM (in response to Omri617)

    Omri617 wrote:

     

    BTW - the problems started after i ran - CC cleaner , Clean My Mac, YASU. and repaired disk permissions.

    It is better not to use such things.

     

    Have you the installation disk that came with your machine? What OS version is it?

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