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Mac OS X System Preferences Keeps Crashing on Launch

Mac OS X System Preferences Crash

Mac OS X System Preferences Crashing? Here’s a good trick to try.

Do you find that the System Preferences application on Mac OS X keeps crashing when you either open it, or, try to access any of the individual system preference panes in the window? Here’s something to try if you find yourself with this issue.

First, you are going to be using the Mac OS X Terminal application, which is located in the Utilities folder inside of your Applications folder. You would want to back up any important data before doing these steps, hopefully with Time Machine and an external disk. We are not responsible for any data loss.

Here’s What to Do To Fix Your System Preferences–Proceed Carefully.

You are going to want to select the line of code below, and copy it to the clipboard (edit menu –> copy), so we can paste it into the Terminal window. This will move a possibly corrupt system preferences plist file to your desktop.

mv L*/P*/.GlobalPreferences.plist Desktop/GlobalPreferences.plist

At this time, you will want to paste this code into the Terminal window by choosing “paste” from the edit menu. You can now hit the “return” key on your Mac OS X keyboard, which now should move this file to your desktop. Leave it on the desktop for now. At this time, you will either want to logout of your Mac, by choosing “logout” in the Apple menu (and then logging back in from the login window) , or, simply choosing “restart” from the Apple menu. When the Mac comes back to your desktop, you can then try to launch system preferences once again. If all goes well, you will now have full control over the system preferences in question.

If this does not work, and you want to return this file to its original place, you can copy and paste the line of code below into the Terminal once again. If this trick worked, please leave a comment so other readers can decide to try it or not.

mv Desktop/GlobalPreferences.plist L*/P*/.GlobalPreferences.plist

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How to find duplicates in Apple Photos or iPhoto

Photo LibraryIn today’s day and age we tend to keep a LOT of photos. With the advent of iPhones and iPads in large computer hard drives, we have photo collections that are larger than they’ve ever been and there are so many duplicates. Managing all of this photo data can be troublesome when you’re dealing with iPhoto and Apple’s new Photos app. One of the largest complaints that we get here at Capital Mac Service, is why is there so many duplicates in my photo library? This is a simple question that has a lot of different answers. Unlike iTunes, there is no duplicate finder in iPhoto or Apple’s Photos app. Most users don’t have the time or patience to go through thousands upon thousands of duplicate photos in iPhoto or Photos. Fortunately, there are some software titles out there that will help with duplicates in iPhoto or the Photos app. Using third-party software to find duplicates in your photo library can be dangerous. You should make a complete backup of your entire photo library before using any of these apps. Capital Mac service is not responsible for any data loss due to this article.

One of the best pieces of software to find duplicates in your iPhoto or Photos library is called Photosweeper. This $10 app on the Mac App Store has a trial version as well. This software currently works with Apple’s Photos, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, and iPhoto. Some of the excellent features in the software include auto Mark, similar photos finder, series of shots finder, autolock, finding movies, finding edited pictures, batch renaming, safe removal in the trash, supports most image formats, very fast and well optimized with 64-bit support, and it even works with OS X El Capitan. The software also works with most versions of iPhoto, all the way back to iPhoto 7.

Where can I get Photosweeper to get rid of these photo duplicates?

If you’re looking for a beautiful and impressive duplicate photo finder for your Mac, PhotoSweeper (download here) seems to be the best of its class. Again, please make sure to back up all your photos safely before using any of these sort of apps that you might find on the App Store.

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How do you burn a disk image (DMG) in El Capitan?

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What happened to the disk burning options in Disk Utility? They are now part of the Mac OS X Finder!

How do I burn a Disk Image in Mac OS X El Capitan?

If you noticed recently, Mac OS X El Capitan has removed a lot of handy features from the Disk Utility program–one of them being the ability to burn disk images (DMG or IMG). This used to be a staple feature in Disk Utility. As with most things, Apple has since decided that this is no longer a viable option and simply removed it from Disk Utility, as well as the “clone” feature that also used to be there. In order to burn disk images on Mac OS X El Capitan, here’s what you now have to do instead:

  1. Head to the Mac OS X Finder
  2. Select the disk image (DMG or IMG) that you need to burn in the Finder
  3. Go to the File menu and choose “Burn Disk Image ____ to Disk”
  4. Insert your blank DVD or CD and click on the Burn button in this window

That’s pretty much it–even though it’s no longer listed in Disk Utility, you can still burn CD or DVD’s of your favorite disk images right in the Mac OS X El Capitan Finder.

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How to make a bootable USB Mac OS X Yosemite install drive

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Since there haven’t been CD’s or DVD’s to reinstall Mac OS X software in the last few years, here’s a fast and easy way to get yourself any of the Macintosh OS X versions on your own USB flash drive. This is a great trick for any Macintosh IT folks who need to do installs all day long!

What you’ll need for your Mac OS X Yosemite USB installer

  1. At least an 8GB USB flash memory stick, such as this model
  2. The Mac OS X Yosemite downloaded installer (more on this soon)
  3. Some Mac OS X Terminal voodoo (more on this, too)

The first step in creating your own bootable USB Mac OS X Yosemite install drive

First, we are going to insert our USB flash drive–make sure it’s empty since it will be erased later. It has to be formatted in disk utility if it’s not already formatted, so go ahead and do this in the disk utility program. Make sure the name of the flash drive is “untitled” for the sake of this example. Also make sure you have the Mac OS X Yosemite installer, which is located in the Applications folder. If you don’t see it there, you will have to go to the Mac App Store and redownload it from your purchases tab. This may take awhile, since the file is around 6GB.

We are going to launch the Terminal, which is located in the Utilities folder inside of your Applications folder. If you don’t know where any of that is, this article may be a bit advanced for you. Launch the Terminal and copy and paste the next code into the Terminal window and hit return–(you will be asked for your administration password!):

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app –nointeraction

The Terminal will now show you progress of the process, which can take 30 to 90 minutes or even more. You will see things like: Erasing Disk: 0%…10 percent…20 percent… during the process. Eventually, it will copy the installer files and make the disk bootable. After the “done” command appears, you will have a perfectly good Yosemite Mac OS X installer USB drive.