13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2009 8:36 AM by Elizaveta
beverlyislike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, the other day I noticed that my Dashboard widgets were not working (or not updating, I'm not sure). I thought it was possibly because I had changed all of my system icons and my dock but after restoring my icons and dock to default the problem still remains. Here is a picture of what my Dashboard looks like:


I've been looking for the solution online and have yet to find it. I also do not seem to have my apple.dashboard.plist file in the Library/Preferences.
If you can help I'll be very thankful!


Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Mr O Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    My Dashboard widgets are not functioning either. I thought maybe checking for software updates and installing them might clear up the problem, but it did not. Restarting, nope.
  • Mihalis Tsoukalos Level 4 Level 4 (2,015 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    Did you check the log files?
    You can also create a new user account and check things there.

  • Mr O Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    What log files? Where do I find them and what do I look for?
  • Mihalis Tsoukalos Level 4 Level 4 (2,015 points)
    The desired log file is /var/log/system.log.
    You can watch it either from the *console application* or from the command line (*tail -f /var/log/system.log*).

  • Curran Starkey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes hello,

    My widgets are not working as well, i looked on forms and it seams that the 10.5 update fix there problems. I also did an archive and install from 10.4... One of the major reasons i purchased the upgrade was to use widgets to clip parts of safari, i'am totaly bummed because all forums i find end with the question un answered. i'am a little bummed becuase there are a couple of things that worked with 10.4 that are not working in 10.5 (like some meg moives not playing.

    i do not wish to create a new account because i do not want to reinstall all my software, photoshop, final cut, dvd studio pro.. etc.

    i hope to find the fix some how.

    I have opened up the console application and when i select widgets load or delete them i see no activity in the console. I'am not familiar with the console app. or command lines.

    is there any more info on this matter? is there any support from apple?

  • Lander4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Some, but not all of my widgets stopped working a few weeks ago. removing and reinstalling is not helping. I deleted widget preference files per suggestion on another forum, but it did not help. none of the new ones I downloaded today are working.
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,970 points)
    FWIW for anyone reading this, I have had the Dashboard not working event on three occasions - no clue why. In any event, I tried almost everything to fix it. Reinstalled the application, trashed numerous preference files, and so on. My only workaround was to restore the entire system from a previous backup. I did this twice from a SuperDuper bootable clone and then from Time Machine this morning. After restores, everything was working just fine. No clue what caused the problem, though.

  • K Sulli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My dashboard widget have also stopped working, or actually, seem unable to connect online. The calculator & clock still work, but weather/stocks/etc don't work cause they can't connect online.

    I've followed others' advice & trashed dashboard preferences, but no luck. I've tried installing new widgets, nothing. I'd prefer not to have to reinstall my entire system, so any solutions would be appreciated.

  • Amy Guskin Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I'm also having the 'some work, some don't' problem with my dashboard. Of seven active widgets, the only ones working are the calendar, weather, calculator, and a moon phase depiction one. Non-working are the dictionary/thesaurus, a widget for IMDb.com, and the Free iTunes Store Downloads one.

    I am not going to restore my system to try to fix this. Anyone have any other ideas? I can't see how this is the fault of a recent update -- I update automatically (weekly), and according to my log, I haven't installed an updated since 12/21/08. This issue is only about a week old. Very frustrating!
  • Jim Dysart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My MacBook Pro Core duo has the same issue. I notice that the wireless time connection is constantly cycling while Dashboard is trying to set up. The services that appear to work get info from the computer (iStat, clock) and those that download an initial reading (Temp), but Dictionary, Calculator? et.c do not respond. Ultimately the Connection time stabilizes, but still no Dictionary etc.
  • Jeff Stone1 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    i had the same problem and found a fix, for my situation anyway. here's my post:

  • robzbuzz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Me too, the clock, date, and calculator all work but all the rest dont, even the built in ones.
    I opened my console and heres what I get:
    2009-04-13 11:50:03.784 DashboardClient[472] com.apple.widget.weather: Fetching data failed, no <adc_Database>
    Whats the ADC database?

    Ive tried all deleting all the associated pref files but NG.

    not a vital fix but annoying nonetheless

  • Elizaveta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been having the same problem recently.

    I just tried Jeff Stone1's solution and it works. My dashboard is up to date and seems to be running fine now.