11573 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2011 1:24 AM by NotSoCleverOne
Create a new User go to System Preferences > Accounts > "+" (make it an admin acct) and test System Preferences in this new account, if they work the problem is isolated to your User and not systemwide.
If the corruption is in your account only try this...
Go delete these files
First, thanks, Macjack, for help and very sorry to be so late getting back here. I did as you instructed--created a new admin account and then set a couple things in Sys Preferences and made sure to lock changes.
When I logged out and back in, settings were still locked. When I restarted, however, settings reverted to unlocked. That's been the ongoing problem.
So the problem is system wide?
Ah....DUH! I'm feeling pretty stupid.
No, I did not have that enabled. I probably did previously, but after so many reinstalls of Snow Leopard when I first got my Mac Pro a few months ago, I must have forgotten to reset that preference after the last reinstall.
That works; problem solved. Thanks so much, Martin, and to macjack too, as I wrote down those instructions for later use--just in case.
I have the opposite problem, and it's driving me crazy.
I +do not+ have the "Require a password to unlock each System Preferences pane" preference checked, and +do not+ want to have to unlock System Preference panes to use them. Yet after each restart, the panes are locked (whether I left them locked or unlocked)!
I am an administrator. The computers are running Snow Leopard (latest version). I have four computers, two exhibit this behavior, two do not (they work as expected, leaving panes unlocked according to the Security: General preference setting).
I have upgraded, or migrated these computers from Leopard, and I suspect there is some sort of remanent from the previous OS that is causing this beharior, but resetting permissions has not solved the problem. Nor has replacing System Preferences preference files. This security setting must be buried deep, as I expect it would be, and I cannot find the stubborn file where it is stored that seems to defy and ignore the "Require a password to unlock each System Preferences pane" setting.