• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > FIX A POOPED-OUT PORT

FIX A POOPED-OUT PORT

The Annoyance:

My Ethernet port seems to have stopped working. It was working fine for a while, but ever since I installed a minor Mac OS X 10.3.x update, System Preferences crashes when I try to bring up the Network pane. I've tried fixing file permissions and running various disk drive utilities. I was optimistic at first because the repair utilities discovered permissions and disk problems. Unfortunately, my Ethernet port still isn't functioning, even after the utilities fixed the problems they found. What am I missing here?

The Fix:

You may have a corrupt network configuration file. This type of problem can affect not only Ethernet, but AirPort networking as well. System Preferences may or may not unexpectedly quit, but failure to even get on a network when you could before is a symptom of a corrupted file. First, throw away a file called NetworkInterfaces.plist, which is located in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration. Now restart your Mac. Mac OS X looks for the NetworkInterfaces.plist file at startup, and if it can't find it (which it won't because you've moved it to the Trash), the system creates a new NetworkInterfaces.plist file. Now, when you open the Network preferences panel, you should be able to connect to your network.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint