Thanks for the swift reply, Aqua.
I tried your suggestion, but no luck I'm afraid. I then also tried deleting the
from both the top level library and the primary user library, but still no luck I'm afraid.
Any other thoughts most welcome.
If all the above fails, then it appears to be time for a relatively painless Archive & Install, which gives you a new/old OS, but can preserve all your files, pics, music, settings, etc., as long as you have plenty of free disk space and no Disk corruption, and is relatively quick & painless...
Just be sure to select Preserve Users & Settings.
Thanks for the response again.
Unfortunately I have an 80MB hard drive and only have around 20MB free. Will that be enough for what sounds like quite a heavy procedure? And how would Time Machine cope with it as this is a Leopard feature I actually use.
I only upgraded the entire OS around a year ago from 10.3.9 to 10.5 (then ran all the online updates to get to 10.5.8). I know a year is an eternity in the computer world, but my Mac get fairly light use and it seems quite quick for things to get corrupted.
But if the disc space I have is enough, then I shall indeed try the Archive and Install procedure.
Well, that should be enough space to accomplish it, but first...
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."