Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:29 PM (in response to loephatt)
This is very interesting indeed. First, did you try to create a new Admin account and change it from there? I know you said you logged in as admin, but I'm not sure if you created a new one. Also, try booting into Recovery HD by holding option when you boot your computer (before the Apple pops up) and select the Recovery HD. There, open up Disk utility and repair disk permissions. If that still doesn't work, my only other suggestion is to do a reinstall. It could be possible that some file was corrupt after updating and it is preventing you from changing your password. Hopefully, the permission repair will do it. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but this is really somewhat of a weird situation.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to Topher Kessler)
If I understand correctly then yes. In system preferences, go to Users & Groups and in the bottom left click the plus button (you may have to hit the lock first). From there, you can create a new user. They can change the password if it is an admin. I would probably suggest repairing permissions first since I think that may be the most logical explanation. Have you ever run it before? And if so, was it in Recovery HD?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:41 PM (in response to royalcaribbean101)
royalcaribbean101 - I did establish a new Admin account, and logged in as that new Admin. No option to change MY password appears.
I did repair Disk and also the ACLs, etc. No change.
Topher Kessler- Yes, I can add new users - but none, with Admin privs, can change MY password. The option to do so is not appearing.
royalcaribbean101- Yes, I did create a new user with Admin privs, no change. I repaired permissions from the Recovery mode. No change.
Thanks all - you are all being very systematic and logical. But I've tried these paths to no avail.
I think I have unearthed a potentially annoying bug in the way they changed things for 10.7.4 WRT Users and restoring/repairing same.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:44 PM (in response to loephatt)
This certainly is strange. One last resort I would try is to maybe go back into Recovery HD and hit Repair Disk instead. That's honestly the only other thing I can think of besides restoring.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to loephatt)
First ensure you have a backup of your system. Then try rebooting into single user mode, and then run the following commands:
mount -uw / passwd USERNAME
Change "USERNAME" to be the short name of your admin user account, and see if that allows you to both change the password and restore its functionality. You can also try this with the following command:
dscl . -create /Users/USERNAME Password PASSWORDMacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 17", 2.5GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:08 PM (in response to Topher Kessler)
this is what I get when I try this....
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:/root# dscl . -create /Users/Admin Password xxxxxxx
launchctl: Couldn't stat("/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist"): No such file or directory nothing found to load
Operation failed with error:eServerError
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This is what I saw in previous single user attempts.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:26 PM (in response to loephatt)
Back up all data. Log into another admin account. Delete the problem account without deleting the home folder. Recreate the account with the same name and the same numerical user ID, which you can do by right-clicking the account name and selecting Advanced Options...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Logged in as a newly created Admin - cannot do a thing. Option to delete the user (me) is grayed out. In fact all Users but the logged-in Admin are grayed out.
Logged in as root - I can select other users including ME, but the little minus sign is grayed out and will not allow me to delete myself and follow your instructions.
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 6:12 PM (in response to loephatt)
Of course, in my haste I failed to unlock the little lock icon on my previous attempt. I used a new Admin account, UNLOCKED the stupid icon, and successfully changed my password.
Of course all of my prefs, etc., are defaulted but that's a minor issue.
Thank you to all, and especially to Linc Davis. I appreciate your advice.
ps...can't edit my bogus reply post.
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