7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2006 9:17 PM by stephen2718
AdamC Level 1 (0 points)
Please help! This problem occured on my parents' Intel iMac and it is very strange.

I was playing around with the screensaver options in System Preferences. Nothing out of the ordinary. Under the iTunes Album Art one I switched it from three to two rows. Suddenly System Preferences crashed. Now EVERY time I reopen it and go to Desktop & Screensaver it crashes. Every. Time. I have no idea why this is happening.

The only time it doesn't is if I restore it to the defaults, but then if I change anything in Desktop & Screensaver it crashes.

I restarted and it did not help.

You can move this topic if it is not in the right place. Please help. I don't want to be responsible for ruining my parent's brand new computer.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Rich JG Level 5 (4,445 points)
    Something to try -

    - first, make sure that System Preferences is not running
    - then , drag the following file to the trash


    Also, look in /Users/username/Library/Preferences/ByHost for files that start with com.apple.screensaver. Drag those to the trash also.

    Then, try again.

    EMAC G4 1.0 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • JMVP Level 6 (16,840 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Rich JG's tips should solve your immediate problems. I'd just like to add that back when 10.2.2 or so was new, I also found myself with a problem in which System Preferences would crash whenever I tried to go to the screensaver / desktop pictures options. I had set the desktop pictures and screensaver both to cycle through a folder of landscape and waterscape pictures, and one of fifty-odd pictures turned out to be corrupt. When System Preferences tried to create the thumbnails of the pictures that it runs across the bottom of the preference pane, the would hang up.

    Change the desktop to a static picture from Apple's built-in choices and the screen saver to something using only built-in resources, such as Flurry. You can then check any pictures folders you were using (including iTunes artwork) and hunt down any pictures that won't display a preview in column view (with the Finder preferences set to the default of showing icons and previews). You can also use iPhoto or Graphic Converter or Preview to go through your pictures for damaged items.
  • AdamC Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks a lot, that seems to have kept it from crashing!
  • AdamC Level 1 (0 points)
    How do I get/where do I find the album art to make sure it's not corrupted?

    Thanks for the welcome! This is only the second time I've had to visit here. I marked your message as 'Helpful.'
  • JMVP Level 6 (16,840 points)
    If you have your own folder of images to use as desktop pictures and/or screensaver slideshow, it could be pretty much anywhere on the hard drive, but most likely somewhere in the ~/Users/ [username]/ Documents or ~/Users/ Shared paths. iTunes artwork is, I think (I claim no expertise in that area) stored within the music files themselves; to check that artwork, use iTunes to view the artwork (Get Info on songs in your Library will work, although if you have much of a library at all that gets tedious in a hurry.)
  • GCon Level 1 (0 points)

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  • stephen2718 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. Deleted the systempref file, but the problem persists. Any other suggestions?