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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode System 10.6
If you are like me, you have quite a few 3rd party System Preferences panes installed. In 10.6, if any of them are 32-bit panels (in my case, that's most of them), then you need to re-launch System Preferences in 32-bit mode to load them. I was getting bored of this and discovered a very simple workaround.

Select System Preferences in the Finder, select File » Get Info (Command-I), and tick the 'Open in 32-bit mode' checkbox. Job done.

I have not seen any problems using the Apple-provided panes in 32-bit mode. This simple trick will help any applications which are not fully 64-bit, particularly people who have a 64-bit app with 32-bit plug-ins, as described in this hint.
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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: dethbunny on Sep 07, '09 09:49:35AM

It should work fine in 32-bit, as that's the only supported architecture for all the Core Duo and Core Solo Macs out there.



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: expanderz on Sep 07, '09 11:29:37AM

A great tip indeed! Thanks.



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: horkstow on Sep 07, '09 03:19:41PM

Thanks for this. It has saved me much hassle.



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: robertv on Sep 07, '09 10:16:47PM
This also allows you to enable the screen saver, Fracture (version 1.4), which you cannot enable in 64-bit mode. The test mode works well. However, when you actually run it you get the following error:
You cannot run the Fracture screen saver with this version of the Mac OS X.
Please contact the vendor to get a newer version of the screen saver.

So it looks like making System Preferences run in 32-bit mode fails to detect at least one incompatibility which will cause trouble later. Their website at http://www.sticksoftware.com/software/Fracture.html doesn't list a later version yet. I just checked.

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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: billejr on Sep 09, '09 07:26:12AM

When I go to System Prefs, there is no "File" in the menu bar. Just Edit, View, Window, and Help. Therefore I can't change the startup to 32 bit.

I'm using an iMac with 10.6 on a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

What am I doing wrong?

Any help appreciated.

Bill Euler



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: Aeschylus on Sep 09, '09 09:53:11AM

Bill, I think that they mean to open the Finder and find the System Prefs application. Then "Get Info" on the application, where you will be able to change it to 32 bits. This is a very nice hint, at least until more things are updated to 64.



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: artcarney on Sep 15, '09 11:30:23PM

It was a bit unclear to me too.

Using Finder, open the Applications folder. Find the System Preferences app and single-click on it. Then hit the Command I keys (to get info) and check the checkbox labeled "Open in 32-bit mode".

If you use PathFinder, this box will not appear when you Get Info. You have to use Finder to see it.

David



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: ScottishDan on Oct 08, '09 07:57:30PM

@billiejr
As the article clearly says
"Select System Preferences in the Finder, select File » Get Info (Command-I), and tick the 'Open in 32-bit mode' checkbox."

Meaning you're selecting file from the finder's menu bar, not system prefs menu bar (or simply press cmd-I with System Prefs selected)



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10.6: Avoid relaunching System Preferences in 32-bit mode
Authored by: Frungi on Oct 09, '09 09:07:54AM

Is there any reason to use System Prefs in 64-bit mode?



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