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Fresh install of Lion Can't Log In

830 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2012 10:31 PM by Woodwyn RSS
Woodwyn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 18, 2012 9:46 AM

I just migrated my old MacBook running Snow Leopard to my new MacBook running Lion. After successfully migrating, I am presented with a login for "Guest" only. That is the only account available to me for some reason. When I try to enter every password I can think of, I am given the password hint "guest". Entering that does not work. I've tried the usual Apple public passwords too. What is going on here? What happened to my migrated user account? I went through the entire setup configuration of Lion and even entered and submitted my personal data to Apple for registration. Is this normal? Did I miss something? I just say, not impressed with Lion so far ...

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 18, 2012 11:50 AM (in response to Woodwyn)

    Can you log in as Guest without entering a password?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 18, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to Woodwyn)

    How did you do the migration?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 19, 2012 5:03 AM (in response to Woodwyn)

    When I restart holding down the option key, I see the migrated user as a selection option, but selecting it returns me to the guest only login screen.

     

    Restarting with the option key down should give you a choice of boot volumes, not a choice of users. Do you mean the shift key?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 19, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to Woodwyn)

    If I understand correctly, the problem is solved. It sounds like you had more than one Guest account, which sometimes happens for unknown reasons.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 19, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to Woodwyn)

    You seem to be migrating corrupt user data from your old installation. Boot in single-user mode (command-S at startup.) When the text stops scrolling, follow the prompts to make the boot volume writable. Then enter the following command:

     

    ls /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

     

    You should get the following line of output below what you entered:

     

    /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

     

    If you do, then very carefully enter the following command:

     

    rm !$

     

    Now you should get the following output:

     

    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

     

    Then enter

     

    reboot

     

    The system will boot into the Setup Assistant, as if you were setting it up for the first time. Skip the prompt to transfer information. Create a user with the same name as the old admin user. Log in and test. You'll also need to recreate your other user accounts, if any.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,800 points)
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    May 19, 2012 11:46 AM (in response to Woodwyn)

    The point is to create a fresh user database without the corruption of the old one.

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