9 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 12:21 AM by Possumboy
Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

System Preferences appear corrupted within 10.6.8 - mouse will not activate any commands within any preference and will not close Finder windows (or initiate apps with a double click as it used to).  Have tried rebooting and resetting PRAM and NVRAM.

 

Another user account on the same machine appears to working without issue.

 

Think my young son may have dabbled with system preferences after he downloaded Minecraft last night.

 

Any help welcome.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    Try deleting com.apple.systempreferences.plist in your Preferences.

     

    Possibly also com.apple.finder.plist.

  • Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Had already tried deleting systempreferences.plist - deleted both files again but to no avail.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    Try booting in safe mode and see what happens.

  • Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, had already tried that as well.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    Not sure what to suggest.  It is obviously localized to your own account so there's something that needs to be removed.  The only possible other plists that might be involved with opening System Preferences are the ones in ByHost within your Preferences folder.  But wiping all those all out is a bit radical.

     

    I suppose you could experiment by temporarily renaming ByHost, say as ByHostX, and then see if your system preferences successfully open.  If that worked at least you would have localized to something in the By Host folder.

     

    Even more radial would be to temporarily rename the entire Preferences folder.

  • Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sounds like this is getting a bit beyond my level of comeptency. Is there a way perhaps to create a new user account and migrate the applications, photos and itunes library to the new account. If the other existing user account is working OK, the new one should as well.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    If the other existing user account is working OK, the new one should as well.

     

    Unless you import into the new account whataver is screwing up the current account.

     

    Moving stuff can be a bit of a hastle if you don't know everything to move.  You can move apps but if you don't move the preferences and anything else associated with those apps at a minimum you would have to redefine their preferences but you could also miss other stuff those apps may have installed in /Application Support and other places.  Itunes lib can be copied but you then have to tell itunes where it is.  Photos I don't know how you do that.

     

    I never had to recreate nor move an account so I am no expert at it.  And when I set up a new machine I know everything involved with each thing I move so I have no problems moving those either.

  • Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again - sounds too hard by far. Looks like a clean install may be needed. Just to be clear, I can open System Preferences but the mouse is basically inactivate within the preferences. Mouse will not close Finder windows either but will at least prompt a request to "open" items within Finder.

  • Possumboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just thought perhaps it might be the mouse. Swapped in the Magic Mouse from my machine and presto - all works as it should. Swapped back to the Microsoft wireless mouse (worked without issue for years) and same problems persist. Swapped in a new Microsoft wirless mouse (came free with MS Office for Mac) and same problems.

     

    I guess we can just buy a new Apple mouse and all should be well but would rather get the MS mice working. Any thoughts ...