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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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El Capitan Spotlight Problems

El Capitan Spotlight Not Working Correctly?

Capital Mac Service has received word that the new Mac OS X El Capitan Spotlight may not be working as advertised. Such features as displaying the weather, stocks, and other Internet data may not be working as they are supposed to be on some users’ computers. This could be a simple workaround, however, it will not be a pleasant solution for Macintosh users outside of the United States:

Enter your Mac OS X El Capitan system preferences and head to “Language & Region” and then to the “Region” pop-up menu and choose “United States.” This seems to allow Spotlight to start working on Internet-based searches. On a side note, make sure all of the checkboxes are also checked in the Spotlight system preferences area.

It seems as though the new Spotlight features that need the Internet to work (such as sports, stocks, weather, etc.) may only be working in the United States at the moment. If we receive word of this feature moving to other countries, we will report it here.