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How can I repair my Admin account?

427 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2013 8:58 AM by JeffOYB RSS
JeffOYB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 21, 2013 1:41 PM

I somehow damaged my Admin account today. I could log in with a Guest account but couldn't run the Disk Utility.


I run 10.5.8 on a PPC PowerBook G4 17".


My Mac has been acting sketchy lately, so this was probably some kind of breaking point.


I googled around and found out how to create a new Admin acc't, which I did. (Using Comm-S and mount -uw and rm .applesetupdone, etc. (This seems to be an unofficial hack.) So now I have 2 Admin acc'ts. I ran Disk Utility from the new Admin. I can get into all my other acc'ts, but NOT my old Admin still! I changed the password for it from the new Admin and still I can't get in. It just keeps popping back to the Log-in window. I'm sure I'm using a correct and valid password.


Any ideas on how to get access to my data on that Admin acc't?



PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,855 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 1:45 PM (in response to JeffOYB)

    Open the Users folder, select its home folder, and drag it to the desktop. Alternatively, choose Get Info from the File menu and give yourself read and write access to it.




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