Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2011 3:32 PM (in response to joetweber)
The only thing I can think of is an old 'user' file that hasn't been deleted.. They are saved by default in the deleted users folder
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2011 3:58 PM (in response to Ashka)
This text doesn't show up looking anything like a user name...
I've only ever had one user, and there is no deleted user folder.
It's bottom-aligned, just above the sleep/restart buttons
It is a light gray color and small in size (maybe 12 pt)
It has a light underline and overline that slowly fade away on either end
It looks like it's supposed to be a company name, computer name, network name, or something like this... but I can't find any answers and apparently no one else has seen this yet?
I wish I could take a screenshot of it, but I can't since I have to be logged out!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to joetweber)
I finally figured it out!
A search for "login window" in the Finder help menu yielded a topic titled, "Display a message in the login window."
You can add a short message to the login window that is displayed when the computer is locked. The message can be anything appropriate to users attempting to log in or for example, guest log in information. The message can also act as a virtual engraving, to provide contact information for a misplaced computer.
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, and then click General.
- Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then type an administrator name and password.
- Click “Show a message when the screen is locked.”
- Type the message you want to display in the login window.
I knew there had to be a simple solution, and now that I know what/where it is I can customize this area to my liking.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2011 7:57 AM (in response to joetweber)
Do you have to reboot the Mac?
I tried this and it didn't work
The text I have is "2008"... I don't know where this came from- could have been from a previous image.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2011 12:30 PM (in response to joeldc)
I honestly can't remember whether I rebooted immediately or not, but it certainly can't hurt. If the text you are seeing is about 12-14pt in size, is gray, has a thin line spaced above and below it, and is all the way at the bottom positioned just above the sleep/restart/shutdown buttons, I can guarantee you that is the "Display a message in the login window" option.
When you looked at your settings, did you see a "2008" typed in the text area? Mine showed the old company name I had been seeing, and now after updating the text, it shows the new name (what I want).
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2011 3:37 PM (in response to joetweber)
Yeah I tried the reboot- didn't work
I don't know if there's a fix for this- may just have to buck up and reformat
I've searched high and low on the web- they all say the same thing, but it looks as though I cannot remove or change this. When I looked at the "Display a message in the login window" the text in there said "Insert your message here" or something like that- it was the standard message. I've now changed it, but it still doesn't chage this cursed 2008. However, in the screensaver lock window, it shows my customised message... Confused? Yeah, me too
Currently Being ModeratedJul 23, 2011 5:29 AM (in response to joeldc)
Aha! Do/did you have Onyx installed?
Onyx system utility allowed users to make a change to the file called com.apple.loginwindow.plist. It's located in Macintosh -> Library -> Preferences, and it's a locked system file.
Onyx allowed you to edit the contents of that file and put in your own custom message. I must have done it one mine a while back (don't remember). Apparently for some people, after upgrading to Lion, the message is still there but they can't edit it anymore. The only version of Onyx that works now is the new beta version, but it still doesn't have this option.
Anyway, here's a website with instructions on how to edit it:
I haven't tried this because my System Preferences option took care of it. Hope this helps!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to joeldc)
From the command line:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText ""
That should get rid of it.