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Can't select desktop background in system preferences

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I have a Power Book G4 Laptop Mac OSX, and I seem to have messed up something in my display preferences. While looking to choose an image to put on my desktop I believe I selected a .zip file and it completely froze my system preferences. Now every time I go to "Change Desktop Background" via the desktop it freezes. Not the whole computer thought just that app. Does anyone have any thoughts on work arounds or some way to reset defaults on the desktop ? Its probably easy but I haven't been able to figure this one out.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 125 total points
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In iPhoto I know you can click on an image, in the Share menu select DESKTOP and that should change the Desktop image.

The Desktop Preferences are stored .. ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist
You could move this file to the desktop and reboot forcing OSX to create a new preference file or use a tool like Pref Setter (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/26268) to edit the PLIST file **

Make a backup before playing with the PLIST file.

Good Luck
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Perfect.  I just tried the iPhoto method and it worked. Thanks for you help!
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