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desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 7:38 am
by swifty
I hadn't looked at the above for a while, but when I did just recently, I found that the window froze on me and all I could do was a force quit out of system preferences. Here is what I saw when I opened the window. Any suggestions?

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 7:42 am
by Jay Cline
Trash these files


/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.<12digitHex Number>.plist

/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

If that doesn't work trash this one
/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 7:52 am
by Stephen Hart
It's also possible that there's a long delay because the screensaver/desktop pane is trying to display your whole iPhoto collection to let you choose images. Normally, that can cause a delay, but not a real freeze. But if there's a single file in the iPhoto collection that's damaged, the process could grind to a halt.

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 8:29 am
by swifty
Eureka,

The third trash did the trick. That's a relief. Dick

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 2:10 pm
by Jay Cline
Groovy!

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 2:32 pm
by Stephen Hart
Sun May 22, 2011 8:38 am Problem Posted
Sun May 22, 2011 8:42 am Solution Posted, Elapsed Time 0:04
Sun May 22, 2011 9:29 am Solution Confirmed, Elapsed Time 0:51

PDQ!

Re: desktop & screen saver freezeup

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:03 pm
by Jay Cline
I just googled the question on my way out the door (had to hit the road to West End Thunder, pic I took this morning below unrelated to this post) and pasted the answer I found. This internet thing might just prove useful.