12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2014 5:06 AM by rairden
Dan Hinckley Level 1 Level 1

On both my 10.6.7 installations (iMac 24" Core Duo and MBPro 2006) System Profiler works fine until I ask it to list Applications.

 

Have repaired permissions, verified and repaired disk, no joy.

 

I have the crash report if anyone can decipher it.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iMac 24" 2.8 ghz 4 GB RAM
Solved by Jim Downward on May 11, 2011 7:56 PM Solved

Problem solved.  I did a Get Info on System Profiler and noticed the check box for Open In 32-bit mode was not checked.  Since I have not been running my system in 64-bit mode, for kicks, I checked the box and again asked System Profiler to provide me with a list of applications.  This time it worked.

 

Maybe this trick will help you.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9

    Move the com.apple.SystemProfiler.plist file from your Library's Preference folder to the Desktop, restart, and try again.

  • Dan Hinckley Level 1 Level 1

    Forgot to mention: I had tried that already but I'll try again and see.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9

    Ah! The proverbial missing info. If it doesn't do the trick, create a new admin user account, log into it, and try again.

  • Jim Downward Level 1 Level 1

    I am experiencing a similar problem.

    System Profiler worked a month ago before the last security and font updates.

    Deleting it's  plist file or logging in as system user does not help.

    This makes it VERY hard to find out which applications depend on Rosetta.

  • Jim Downward Level 1 Level 1

    Problem solved.  I did a Get Info on System Profiler and noticed the check box for Open In 32-bit mode was not checked.  Since I have not been running my system in 64-bit mode, for kicks, I checked the box and again asked System Profiler to provide me with a list of applications.  This time it worked.

     

    Maybe this trick will help you.

  • Dan Hinckley Level 1 Level 1

    Brilliant, now why didn't I think of that! Works perfectly.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Case solved

  • PWehr Level 1 Level 1

    Works for me also.

     

    It was rather a surprise that it _stopped_ working. Did the most recent update to 10.6.8 break it and fail to tell me it was breaking it? I had thought (no research done) that 10.6 and the the included Apple software was set to work with itself as installed.

     

    The latest version of System Profiler needs to run as 32 bit. Hmmm.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    The latest version of System Profiler needs to run as 32 bit.

     

    No it doesn't. Something is wrong with your setup. It works fine for me in 64-bit mode.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9

    I concur. Always worked in 64-bit mode.

  • Jim Downward Level 1 Level 1

    The only observed failure occurred when finding and listing applications on my iMac. I seem to have 500 to 1000 (maybe more) applications after consolidating the accounts and private applications from several computers onto my primary computer. The only difference between completing the listing of all applications or crashing midway was whether the open in 32 bit mode box was checked.  No claim is made as to how System Profiler should.  The only claim is that this single change allowed System Profiler to complete it's file listing without crashing.

  • Douglas Parker1 Level 2 Level 2

    Cannot believe this worked.  I have been struggling with System Profiler crashing when listing applications for over a year and have turned to the boards several times with no answer.  I agree it might have something to do with the number of applications.  I would say I have between 500 and 1000 also and System Profiler would consistently crash.  Thanks SO much!  FYI: I am on a 6core Mac Pro

  • rairden Level 1 Level 1

    Today for the first time I encountered this exact System Profiler > Applications problem (running 10.6.8). This old thread here is all I could find on-line. Going to 32-bit didn't help at first, but after several retries it's ok intermittently, but only in 32-bit mode. Can't really find a pattern, but the following approach appears repeatable: Apple Menu > About This Mac > More Info... > click Applications (get "System Profiler quit unexpectedly") > click "Reopen" > click Applications again and get success. Strange. Starting the System Profiler directly by double-clicking it in the Utilities Folder is sometimes successful on the first try, but also sometimes requires a "Reopen". I'm hesitant to update my OS on this old 20-inch iMac Core 2 duo. Runs fine for my current use.