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Omri617 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi friens ,first post

I found out that the System Preferences is empty! the windows is narrow and small and empty. i Googled a bit and

tried to go to PreferencesPane in the library , but the folders are empty over there too!

What is wrong? what is the fix?


  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    /Library/PreferencesPane is for preference panels of software you have added.


    What happens if you use the Apple menu and choose System Preferences?

  • Omri617 Level 1 (0 points)

    The window opens , its narrow window with nothing inside and no option to drag the window to make it bigger

    tried to change screen resulotion but didn't help. it's empty .

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    What is in folder /System/Library/PreferencePanes?

  • Omri617 Level 1 (0 points)

    it's empty !

  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,717 points)

    HomeIcon.png/Library/Preferences - trash the file, repair permissions, restart your computer.  When you reach the desktop empty the trash.


    If you have already tried the above, try the following -

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.


    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.


    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.


    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop- and restart your computer.  System Preferences still empty?













  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ is empty.

    Then, reboot with the SL install disc and install the OS.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    I was wondering if just the 10.6.8 Combo would do, rather than a complete re-install?

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Expecting the COMBO to have all to have all the missing prefPanes would be a stretch, IMO.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    But less invasive for a first attempt.

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    The full installer is guaranteed to restore all the default prefPanes, solving the OP's problem.

  • Omri617 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried the things you suggested  , it is still Empty. Seems strange and odd.


    When Installing the OS Leopard again , does it overwrite the existing or adds a new one? i don't want to catch a lot of space on my HD.

    second question : when installing , which things i should back up so it won't be lost?


  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Prudence calls for backing up everything. I recommend using something like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to make a bootable backup/clone of your existing installation.


    Then, just reinstall Snow Leopard, no need to install Leopard. That will only replace all OS components and basic Apple apps, such as TextEdit, Safari, and Terminal, leaving everything else in place, so nothing will be lost.

  • Omri617 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow , Murphi calls

    Tried to Re-install the Snow Leopard as mentioned by startup . it reaches a point where 39 minutes are left and then i get a message that there was an error (no details) and install cant continue. that i should contact the software manufacturer . go out and install again. did it 2 times - the same thing.

    what is wrong?

    BTW - the problems started after i ran - CC cleaner , Clean My Mac, YASU. and repaired disk permissions.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    Omri617 wrote:


    BTW - the problems started after i ran - CC cleaner , Clean My Mac, YASU. and repaired disk permissions.

    It is better not to use such things.


    Have you the installation disk that came with your machine? What OS version is it?

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