1668 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2006 3:22 PM by Ferd II
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Quit System Preferences if it's running and trash the following files:
Then log out/in or restart and check System Preferences for proper functionality. Let us know what happens.
I had the same phenomenon: an outsized lightswitch suddenly replacing the 'sharing' icon in system prefs.
I saw a post recommending trashing just the last of the three files you suggest, and it worked (com.apple.preferencepanes.cache).
But, being a nervous newbie I became afraid I might be messing something up by deleting a file of whose function I'm ignorant, and so I moved it back to Caches from the Trash, only to have a dialogue tell me a newer version of the same file exists there, and do I want to replace it with the old (the one I'm moving back.)
I'm confused. Did the OS create a new, uncorrupted version of the file when I trashed it?
And, is it really safe to delete the original (my nerves whisper it must be there for a purpose.)
Thanks for your insight...
Did the OS create a new, uncorrupted version of the file when I trashed it?...Yes, a new file was created and the old corrupt file(s) should go to the trash and be summarily deleted.
Once a cache file has been identified as corrupt, it can safely be trashed. Fear not, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trashing/deleting the orginal.