Losing various system settings

in Genius Bar edited January 2014

I seem to be losing various system settings every few days...

For example, the "Open With" customizations that I have made seem to revert back to defaults.

Also, some of the settings in "Energy Saver" like screen dimming and drive spin-down don't always seem to be respecting the preferences that are set. The screen sometimes dims even though I have "Automatically reduce the brightness of the display before sleep" unchecked. And my disks seem to spin-down even though I have "Put the hard disk to sleep when possible" unchecked.

And I was also having an issue with the Apple->Recent Items menu being flaky.

I think this is particularly weird because as far as I can tell, each one of these options has its own preferences file, so it doesn't seem that it is an issue of just having a corrupted .plist somewhere...

Is there some sort of system-wide .plist that I might try trashing?

Other suggestions...?


10.4.7 PPC

1Ghz Titanium PowerBook
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