I've had a problem with the preference panes on my system for quite
awhile. Some applications -- for example, internet connect -- preference
panes can't be selected from the application. Instead of showing me the
pane itself, I get a window showing the folder where the pane files are
stored. And this has persisted through a few OS X updates, so it seems
to be my personal data itself.
Is this an owner/permission thing? Corrupted preferences? Can
it be fixed like the old classic method of just ing them away
and starting the application or utility again?