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Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
I have just purchased a new iMac 3.06 GHz and used the Migration to transfer my user settings and files/folders from my old iMac G5. I did not transfer any application using the Migration

Problem: As soon as I go to Screen Saver page within System Preferences I get the spinning beach ball and System Preferences runs extremely slow or stops responding. Sometime I can get back to the main System Preferences page using Show All but even then I get the spinning beach ball.

Library | Screen Savers is empty

I have run Onyx and reset the PRAM

This is new machine and other than MS Office nothing has yet to be installed. Are there any settings which may have been transferred from iMac which may be causing problems?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 3.06 GHz
  • bphendri Level 1 (115 points)
    Sounds interesting.

    I noticed when I went to System Preferences / Desktop & screen saver that it paused for a second, and sounded like it was accessing the drive, I am assuming that it is looking for Desktop pictures, and my iPhoto / Aperture library.

    Are you having any issues with iPhoto? Have a large iPhoto, or pictures folder? Corrupt image files?

    What happens if you create a new user, log in with that user and try the Preference?

    I will see if I can narrow down exactly which .plist file that pane uses.
  • bphendri Level 1 (115 points)
    I found this on MacForums, which might be relevant.

    Since you are upgrading from an older system, did you by any chance upgrade to iLife09 from 08?

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    I had the same problem, but more specifically it would freeze because it tried loading the iphoto screen saver. I found that in:

    I had two plist files that pertained to iLife (which contains iphoto)

    I got rid of the older one, now it works.

    -- End Pasted Text

    Again for credit this was posted on

    Hope this helps.
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    iPhoto is working fine - it is ~21Gb but runs without issues.

    Have tried creating a new user and have the same issues with System Preferences and the dreaded spinning beach ball.
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    I have checked I have neither or
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    As a test when I go to Word of the Day within System Preferences | Screen Saver I initially get a blue image where the Screen Saver should appear and then it stalls for awhile. Then it runs very slowly for awhile before stalling again and I am left with the spinning beach ball.

    If I go a Pictures folder (any) within System Preferences | Screen Saver I start with a black screen where the Screen Saver should appear and then it runs very slowly before the spinning beach ball.
  • bphendri Level 1 (115 points)
    Please forgive my ignorance?

    What is "Word of The Day?"

    Is this something you added on?

    I am also wondering if perhaps your iPhoto library somehow became corrupted.

    I am trying to see if I can create a non destructive test for you, that will make the desktop / Screensaver pane forget about the current iPhoto library..

    Will get back to you
  • bphendri Level 1 (115 points)

    Try rebuilding the Iphoto library.

    Launch iPhoto and hold down Command and Option..

    Select the options you think are relevant..

    Let me know...

    Sheesh, the things us unemployed IT people do to keep from getting bored
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    Word of the Day is one of the Apple Screen Savers

    Rebuilt the iPhoto library - no luck

    The Sys Pref | Screen Saver \ Pictures that I select are a folder rather than iPhoto. The folder contains various jpg's. I have been the the folder and the jpg's all seem to open quite happily.

    I have got a Mac Book Air and use ChronoSync to sync all of my folders. The Air System Preferences works fine looking at the same folder.

    I am glad I am keeping you from getting bored!!!!!
  • bphendri Level 1 (115 points)
    Grrr.. Okay was just a thought.

    Was just noticing the system pause, and behavior when I opened the Desktop & Screen saver preference pane. (That it paused and hit the hard drive).

    Hmmm okay.. I'm going back to the drawing board..

    I have noticed you are not the only one with this issue.
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    Scratching for other ideas....

    On my old iMac G5 I was running Screen Spanning Doctor so I could run two screens:

    I ran this for 4 years without issue and a PRAM reset it
  • akanakis6667 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. Used Migration assistant for a new Mac mini (Nvidia), and Screen Saver panel gets the spinning ball. I think is an iPhoto related problem because the Screen Saver tab gets unresponsive when trying to find photos from iPhoto Albums libraries. Deleted all libraries but no luck. I have MobileMe and some libraries can not be deleted because they are syncing online. Logged out MobileMe, but still libraries are syncing.
    Any ideas?
  • jefferson_42 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am seeing the same behavior. Moved from a Power Mac G5 to a Mac Pro Intel (2.66 Xeon Quad core) machine yesterday.

    Can't seem to find a plist file deletion that changes anything.

    I'm guessing here. I did remember that iPhoto was an "Intel only" app. When I bought iLife '08, I had to download a previous iPhoto that would work on a G5. Maybe it has something to do with Intel and PPC differences? Moving preferences from a G5 to Intel architecture means something got corrupted? But I have no idea where to look.
  • Diranne Level 1 (0 points)
    I would agree BUT I moved my files from a G4 12" Power Book to a MB Air last year and everything runs very well.

    Lets hope someone helps us!

    Apple! Help!
  • MrWiseman Level 1 (0 points)
    Just to say I have the same problem. Used Migration Assistant to transfer user settings etc to new MacBook (2.0 Intel) from new(ish) iMac (2.66 Intel), which in turn were transferred from old iMac G4 last year. Everything works fine on the new and old iMacs. Both new macs running 10.5.7, old iMac running 10.4.11. Only difference I can see is that the MacBook has iLife 09 against 08 on the new iMac.

    As soon as I go to Desktop & Screen Saver in System Preferences on the MacBook and try to change the screen saver from the default 'flurry' (which is the only one that works properly) I get the spinning ball and more often than not have to 'Force Quit' the System Preferences. The first couple of times I used the 'The application quit while unresponsive' dialogue box to 'report' the issue to apple, but then gave up.

    I've tried deleting DesktopScreenEffectsPref.prefPane from HD/System/Library/PreferencePanes on MacBook and copying file from iMac. Also tried deleting and re-installing all screen savers from HD/System/Library/Screen Savers.

    The screen Savers I have installed are:

    Flurry.saver (works OK)
    iTunes Artwork.saver
    Nature Patterns.slideSaver
    Paper Shadow.slideSaver
    RSS Visualizer.qtz
    Word of the Day.qtz
    MobileMe and RSS

    I've also tried deleting relevant*.plist files from HD/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/ByHost/

    And tried deleting from HD/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/

    And tried deleting from HD/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/

    And tried deleting from HD/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/Caches

    And tried deleting from HD/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/Caches

    I've also used the Disk Utility to verify disk and disk permissions.

    There are other Caches in the HD/System/Library/Caches, but not sure if they're relevant?

    Visited the apple store in Southampton yesterday to try to bend the ear of one of their 'Genii' but was told I should have made an appointment and also that it was NOT an known issue, in response to which I had to beg to differ. They also suggested 'phoning the applecare help line, but I've tried that before and life is too short.

    I might have time to go back to the apple store next week, but would rather not have the inconvenience!

    It's not the end of the world, just a tad annoying.

    Any more thoughts?
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