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10.3: A fix for preference settings that don't seem to stick
Authored by: JoelFarris on Jun 11, '06 10:42:52AM

I will confirm that the O.P. is correct about FileVault being the culprit for prefs that don't stay set. Everything from Finder prefs like "Automatically reduce the brightness of the display before sleep", to Mail forgetting that it's supposed to "Check for new mail every 15 minutes".

This FileVault thing does not seem to affect any third party software, only Apple software. Also, turning Filevault off and then back on WILL correct the problem. I know. I've had to do it to my Powerbook twice. Both times the preferences corruption happened immediately after a kernel panic.

To the poster who can't turn off FileVault because of a lack of disk space:
Go out and buy an external drive, and copy all of your personal files to it. Delete them from your compy's drive, empty the trash, and then turn off FileVault. Restart, and then copy the contents of your home directory back to the compy. You can thank me later!

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Joel Farris
"and that's the way it oughta be!"



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