Hanging at the Desktop and Screensaver of System Preferences (Mac OS X Lion)

When I tried to change the wallpaper of my Mac mini, the cursor changed to balloon and was rotating and rotating and rotating and it was never ending. The worst thing is I cannot make any change to the ‘Desktop and Screensaver’ section of the preferences. But I managed to get back normal behavior by doing the following.

  • go to /Users/<my_user_name>/Library/Preferences
  • move the 3 files com.apple.desktop.plist, com.apple.systempreferences.plist, com.apple.screensaver.plist to desktop
  • restart the Mac
  • after restart, my ‘Desktop and Screensaver’ is functioning again

 

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