8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2009 3:54 PM by Maria Folsom
Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I suddenly get a message box on my screen that requests my .mac username
and password for .mac. I haven't been a .mac (or MobileMe) member for months.

When I enter my old password and user name, another message says it is invalid. Very annoying, as this keeps popping up now suddenly for no reason.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of this message, and why it is happening?

Thanks for any help,
Maria

G5 iMac 20"; G4 iBook laptop, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • 1. More info on the problem - - -
    Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    The message box is entitled: WebDAV File System Authentication.

    It says:
    Enter your user name and password to access the server at the URL "http://idisk.mac.com/khakifolsom/" in the realm "idisk.mac.com."

    It then has fields for my name and password. Whether I click Cancel or OK, the box keeps popping up again.

    Maria
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    Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 Level 4 (1,685 points)
    Well, this is not the correct place to ask the question, but I would say that you have some application which is trying to access your iDisk, not knowing that it no longer exists. Try to think of all the things that you did with your iDisk, and see if any of them are still active. Check your MobileMe control pane for anything there. I just noticed that Back To My Mac was on without my having set it on.
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    Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Hi, Bruce,

    Sorry about posting this in the wrong place. I couldn't find an appropriate forum. As for my "MobileMe control panel," I don't have one since I'm not a member. I don't do ANYTHING with iDisk because I am not using the service at all. The iDisk icon still lives on my desktop ever since I got this computer, and maybe I should trash it?

    The only other odd thing that happened that day was: I had an electrical outage in my house. The computer is surge-protected and works perfectly now. I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

    Thanks for any more suggestions!

    Maria
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    Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,340 points)
    You may have a local alias of a file or folder on that MobileMe/.Mac drive. If that file is accessed then the system will try to log on so the drive can be mounted.

    You should have a MobileMe system preferences pane, even if you are not using the service and have not logged in.
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    Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Topher,

    I checked my Systems Preferences pane, and there is an icon for .mac (none for MobileMe) I clicked on that icon and don't see anything to do or change. If I have a 'local alias of a file or folder' as you say, where would I find this creature and how would I delete it?

    Thank you,
    Maria
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    Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 Level 4 (1,685 points)
    Aha! You are in the wrong place. You are in 10.5, and you should be in 10.4!

    You might be able to find an alias through Spotlight. However, some applications might be trying to use an iDisk without your knowing.
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    Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Another forum thread supplied the answer: In System Preferences, in .mac, I removed my user name and password, then closed the window. Problem solved! Thanks to BDAqua. Thanks to all of You, too, who replied to me.

    Maria
  • 8. Re: Strange, annoying message box from .mac - and I'm not a member!
    Maria Folsom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Solved. System Preferences > .mac > delete username and password, close window, trash the desktop icon for .mac. Thanks to BDAqua