Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to tom_marsden)
reset home folder permissions
1. Boot Lion Recovery by restarting the computer while holding the Command ⌘ and R keys.
2. When the Repair Utilities screen appears, select Utilities from the Menu Bar, then click Terminal.3. In the Terminal window, type resetpassword and press Return.
4. The password reset utility window will appear. Do not select a new password.
Instead, click on the icon for your Mac's hard disk at the top. From the dropdown below it, select the user account with the problem.
5. At the bottom of the window, you will see Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs. Click the Reset button.
The reset process may take a couple of minutes. When it finishes quit the programs and restart your Mac.
This should work.MacBooks iMacs iPods AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 5:03 PM (in response to John Galt)
Thanks for the quick response, John!
I followed your suggestion but with no success. Can you recommend an alternative approach?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to tom_marsden)
Are your Preferences > Users & Groups set so that you need to log in every time you start your Mac, i.e "automatic login" is "off"? If so what happens when you attempt to log in normally? Can you select your account and log in?
Are there other user accounts on this Mac?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:01 PM (in response to tom_marsden)
See Neil's user tip:
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 9:32 AM (in response to captfred)
Option A1 did the trick for me. Thank you very much, Neil. You saved me several hours of time getting to and from the nearest Apple Store for a consultation with the staff at the Genius Bar!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 6:18 AM (in response to tom_marsden)
Neil's tip worked for me. Thank you
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to tom_marsden)
I had this problem just about 15 minutes ago. My mind was ready to shut down trying to figure out what to do. All the other forums say that a reinstall was needed or I needed Disk Utility, blahblahblah.
But Neil's Tip worked PERFECTLY! Neil, you are a genius, whoever you are. Tom, thanks too, for linking Neil's tip!