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    enough is offline Registered User
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    can't change screen saver preferences through the UI

    I am running 10.3.9 and for one user I cannot set the screensaver preferences through the UI. If I select a new screensaver and hit the test button it tests the screensaver out, but when I close the system preferences the change does not take effect.

    The user is an admin if that helps.

    Is there any way to change the setting through a file rather than the UI? If so - where do I find that file?

    thanks

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    Try changing their account from admin to a regular user, then switch it and change them back to admin.
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    Sounds like a permission issue. Try repairing them using Disk Utility. Do _relogin_ after the permissions are fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fryke
    Sounds like a permission issue. Try repairing them using Disk Utility. Do _relogin_ after the permissions are fixed.
    Quote Originally Posted by mw84
    Try changing their account from admin to a regular user, then switch it and change them back to admin.
    I tried both of these, and no luck... The weird thing is that from the UI I can specify a hot corner, but I cannot change the screensaver off of FLURRY or set the Screen Saver start time!

    This is very frustrating...

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    For your information, I used to be permanently logged as root, and then, many preferences never got saved.

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    i think i found the problem. My ByHost directory was owned by 'root' not by the user... I chown'd the directory back to the user and it allowed me to change the screensaver just fine.

    I had run a repair on the permissions but this was missed.

 

 

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