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There's a random extra line text on the login screen?!

479 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2011 1:47 PM by Tom_McCullough RSS
joetweber Calculating status...
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Jul 20, 2011 3:28 PM

I would love if someone could help me figure this one out... (Just installed 10.7)


From my first Lion log in after the update: Just above the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down buttons on the Lion Login Screen is an extra line of text. It's definitely there on purpose (it look all pretty and formatted in a nice little band) but I have NO CLUE where it came from or where the setting/option is to change what it says!


The text is my old company name, which changed over a year ago and all traces of it on the user profile and address book have been omitted or updated. We haven't used this name in a long time, and were very thorough in making sure all instances were updated, so that's why I'm having a hard time understanding where this buried piece of information came from and how Apple has justified grabbing it and using it on the welcome screen... What is the source of this text? I want to update it to the correct name!


And no, it's not the computer's name, which I also thought of. That's currently set to "Mac Pro." Any ideas at all?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 2 x 2.66 DC Xeon, 16GB RAM, 2 x 2TB
  • Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)

    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

  • joeldc Calculating status...

    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.

    Any ideas?

  • joeldc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey 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

  • Tom_McCullough Calculating status...

    From the command line:


    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ LoginwindowText ""


    That should get rid of it.


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