13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 3:49 PM by roam
Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

Dear Friends,

 

I have migrated my information from an older iMac running Tiger to a newer iMac running Leopard.  I have been able to make myself the Administrator but my deceased brother's name still appears by the little house icon as the user.

 

How can I get my account to appear here.  When I go to get my verizon mail through my Mac Mail software, I still need to enter my brother's password and then my own mail appears. I have no trouble starting up the computer.

 

Hmmm!  Can anyone help?

 

Mary Lou


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    You must still be in your late brother's account. In Sys Prefs > Accounts create a new account with your name and make sure it has Admin privileges and then log out of this account ( Log Out), and log into your newly created account.

     

    In that new account set up your email again, and having done that you should not be prompted for a password after the first time it is remembered.

  • 2. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    I have created a new acccount.  It is the only account showing on System Pref/Accounts.  I logged out as you suggested and logged in again.  My brother's acct name still appears at the house icon.  Mine doesn't appear.

     

    I am guessing that this occurred because I migrated my account without first dropping his account.

     

    The other problem I notice is that while I can get to my verizon mail when I sign in to Mac Mail, I can't send any mail from that account.

     

    Is there a resolution to this problem without having to start over, do a clean install and then do the migration over?

     

    Mary Lou

  • 3. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Using Migration Assistant when there already exists an account adds an account to the one already there. You say there is only one. Somehow you have added your data to your brother's old account.

     

    One of the problems of taking over the use of someone else's computer, is twofold, basically you are trying to overlay your setup on someone elses, and second but often overlooked is the possibility that over the years that account may have had stuff added, deleted, modified, hacked and who know what over the past five years since Leopard has been around, so the system itself may have some tangled idiosyncrasies that are not yet apparent but may be future trouble yet to show.

     

    You are reluctant to reinstall from scratch, thinking it a chore but it really may be the quickest and least troublesome method in the long run. 

     

    If you want to persist and just change the account you could try this procedure.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428

     

    If you want to reinstall and then use Migration Assistant to set up your account afresh, the details of using MA to its best are in this link.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4413

  • 4. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    I will start over and do it right.  First, what happens when an application I send over needs to be updated to accommodate the newer OS?

     

    Before I start, I assume that I should start up the newer iMac from its original start up disk.  Is there an article which reviews this procedure? 

     

    Should I do any cleanup on the older iMac before sending data to the newer iMac?

     

    Thanks for your help.

     

    Mary Lou

  • 5. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    I forgot to specify that the article I would like to review covers erasing all data from newer iMac.

     

    Mary Lou

  • 6. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Hello Mary Lou,

    Before I start, I assume that I should start up the newer iMac from its original start up disk.  Is there an article which reviews this procedure?

    This requires the 10.5 Leopard Installl disks. You will have two original grey disks. or one black retail DVD. Insert whichever media you have.

     

    Start from the 10.5 Leopard Installl disk 1 as per this article,

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1544

    and choose Erase and Install.

     

    After it has installed, further along you will be asked whether you want to migrate your data. If you do, you will need to connect the two computers. Connecting by Firewire cable is a good method, and select which things you want moved. It pays to click on the triangles in that dialogue box and peruse what is available. Just your old User account may be enough, plus your email setup.

     

    what happens when an application I send over needs to be updated to accommodate the newer OS?

    I prefer to reinstall third party applications manually by either copying the application's .dmg over later via a USB stick, or once on the internet download the latest version from the developer if one is available. Why? no reason really, I just prefer to first get the Mac OS itself in a good state, and then later add other people's software to it. You may find some software from Adobe can only reinstall from the CD.

     

    Should I do any cleanup on the older iMac before sending data to the newer iMac?

    There is no need for that, just bear in mind here is an opportunity to leave a lot of your old stuff behind which is no longer relevant or just like the proverbial pile of newspapers in the corner, leave that behind. Whether moving house or updating an OS, both present the opportunity to question what to keep and what to leave.

     

    I would like to review ... erasing all data from newer iMac.

    The erase and install will be sufficient for you. There are no security issues involved here, just a clean sweep that will remove all of your late brother's previous settings, allowing you to customise the account accordingly.

     

    I hope things proceed well for you.

  • 7. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    Things are progressing.  I have saved emails in my Mac Mail account which covers such things as license numbers, etc.

     

    Is there an easy way to migrate this saved email to the newer computer?

     

    Mary Lou

  • 8. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Yes, there are a couple of ways. Once Leopard is installed, from the new iMac's Mail appliccation you can choose File > Import Mailboxes, and navigate to the (still connected) old iMac where it will be in your old user account / Library / Mail.

     

    At that location, you'll see your old Mail account, which will be a folder (it may start with POP) and have you email address in it.  Choose the entire folder and this will be added to your new iMac Mail sidebar under 'On My Mac'.

    Any other Mailboxes in that old iMac location can also be imported as well.

  • 9. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    In preparation for following these directions, I went into my user account on my older iMac and followed the path you suggested.  When I opened the folder in Library named "Mail" the only email account that was there was an old Time Warner Roadrunner account (old but not yet cancelled).  I couldn't find my current verizon account there.

     

    Any ideas on where else it might be?

     

    Mary Lou

  • 10. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    I would like to move information from a MacBook to this newer iMac.  Since I don't have any firewire ports on my MacBook, if I want to move some iMovie projects from my Laptop to the newer iMac, how would I do this using the Wireless Interest connection in my home?

     

    Mary Lou

  • 11. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    If your email account is not in home/Library/Mail folder I cannot guess where else it would be.

     

    Other methods of connecting two Mac are via ethernet cable or wireless or copy the stuff over onto a USB stick. I profess no understanding of wireless so you will have to post that as a new question to someone else. If it was me and the project could fit on a USB stick i do it that method because it is simple.

  • 12. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    I'm hoping that you might be able to answer a different question without my starting a new thread.

     

    It appears that when I migrated to the newer iMac I ended up with an older version of iTunes.  My older iMac was running iTunes '09 and the "newer iMac" has iTunes '08 on it.

     

    I can't seem to locate the disks from which I installed '09 on my older machine.  Is there a way to get the newer version on the newer iMac?

     

    I would like to be able to transfer my iTunes library to the newer iMac but from what I've read, it will be difficult if the versions aren't the same.

     

    Thanks for sharing your expertise.

     

    Mary Lou

  • 13. Re: Old administrator's name appears as user
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Here is a link for iTunes 9

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1056

     

    Your old iTunes Library folder should be placed in the ~/Music folder