5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2013 9:22 PM by Aditya Yadav
GordonSals Level 1 (0 points)

I just got a new MB air on Friday (8/30) and did the migration from the old MB air but when I want to change the packground... but the system preferance screen freezes and the wheel just spins and spins...I have to force quit it. What is going on? I have had 3 Mac laptops and two desktops and have never see that happy before... it an i7 with 8 gigs... it shouldn't be doing that.

MacBook Pro, MacBook is only 1 years old
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,207 points)

    Your MBA is under warranty.  Bring it in to have it fixed.  If you are within the 14 day from purchase period, you have the option of having it replaced.



  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,897 points)

    First follow the instructions in this support article.

    If the iPhoto library is the source of your desktop pictures, it may need to be rebuilt, or you may need to update the iPhoto application to the latest version.

    Otherwise, continue as below.

    Back up all data.


    In the Finder, hold down the option key and select


    Go Library


    from the menu bar. From the Library folder, delete the following item, if it exists: 


    • Caches/com.apple.systempreferences


    and move the following item to the Desktop:


    • Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist


    Launch System Preferences and test. If you still have the issue, put the item on the Desktop back where it came from and post again. Otherwise, delete the item.

  • GordonSals Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you! Thank you!

  • sammyanthat Level 1 (0 points)

    What if I do not have either of those files? I have searched them both in the library and the hard drive of my computer.

  • Aditya Yadav Level 1 (5 points)

    Follow these steps.


    Close down System Preferences before following these steps.


    • Go to > Pictures
    • Locate & Move iPhoto Library.photolibrary to the Desktop.
    • Open System Preferences > Voila!
    • Close System Preferences.
    • Put iPhoto Library.photolibrary back into Pictures.


    Worked for me.