Dialog boxes quit working

I’m new here, so pardon me if this is redundant, but has anyone encountered anything like this? From the event log:

display dialog “Department Name:” default answer “ACADPERS” buttons {“Next . . .”} default button 1
“System Events got an error: "Department Name:" doesn’t understand the display dialog message.”

Situation: My G5 went down recently and I had to reinstall the system, currently 10.5.5. After I did that, any of my scripts/apps that call a dialog are giving me the same raspberry. Any insight, or a shove in the right direction, would be greatly appreciated. These are tools I use daily at work & I’ve been limping along for a week or so.

Thank you–


It looks like the display dialog line is in a System Events application tell block.
Try to get the line out of the block

Thanx, Stefan. It behaves the same way in a Finder block. Possible there’s a plist somewhere that needs editing? I can usually track something like this down, but this one has me baffled. It is more extensive than just dialog boxes; “Choose file” and “Choose folder” are broken as well.


Then probably /System/Library/ScriptingAdditions/StandardAdditions.osax is corrupt. Can you replace it?

That did it. The StandardAdditions.osax I had got modified somehow. I replaced it with a backup and everything seems copacetic. I’ll know more tomorrow when I have a chance to test drive everything more thoroughly.

Thank you times 10, Stefan. You have just saved me a lot of drudgery (and heat from my cohorts).