HT2490: Mac Basics: Set your preferencesLearn about Mac Basics: Set your preferences
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to jpfjohn)
Yes you can change this in the Users & Groups system preferences. Go to the System Preferences (in the Apple menu) and click "Users & Groups." Then click the lock at the bottom of the window to authenticate, followed by clicking the picture in the account. In here you will have several options to choose supplied images, or take a picture of yourself with your iSight camera, and then crop the image and use it as the one to represent your account both at login and in programs like Mail.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to jpfjohn)
These images should be located in the Macintosh HD > Library > User Pictures folder. Go to this location to see if the images are still there (they should be categorized into subfolders).
When the image is loaded, its data will be imported to your user account's directory entry so even if the image file is missing it will still show up.
If these images are available in this location, then try using Disk Utility to run a permissions fix routine on your boot drive (select it and click the Verify or Repair buttons in the First Aid tab), as sometimes minor changes to the permissions settings for these files and folders may prevent the system preferences and other programs from properly accessing them.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 11:09 AM (in response to jpfjohn)
Have you tried to drag the desired picture to the Recents? Worked for me.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
the library pictures are there. Also was some older versions (about 5kb size) which I deleted. Then did a disk utility permission repair.
still no default pictures to choosed from (also rebooted and re-logged in)
Saved one of the library pictures as a duplicate (originals are locked and read only). Then dragged a copy into the recents panel and was able to use it as the login picture.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 12:47 PM (in response to jpfjohn)
Is your problem solved or are you wanting to restore the default pictures? I couldn't tell from what you typed.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 2:57 PM (in response to Eric Root)
for now the manual method works but there must be an issue as why the library pictures are not available to the accounts process.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 4:51 PM (in response to jpfjohn)
I agree there is a problem. You typed the originals are locked and read only. Looking at the folder Topher directed you to, select it and hit command I (Get Info). System should have read/write privileges. If not, unlock the box and set read/write.