4498 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2008 1:15 PM by Plado
See if this helps: Mac OS X 10.4- Keychain Access asks for keychain "login" after changing login password. You can also try repairing the keychain:
Assuming that you are using a recent build of OS X, go to /Applications/Utilities and launch the app called Keychain Access. Go to the Window pulldown menu and select "Keychain First Aid". Enter your password, set the radio button to "Repair", and click "Start".
I'm sorry to report this fact, but I already did do a Repair and a Verify and as I said in the text, it seemed to check out that all was ok yet when I next got a Keychain password box it still carried on rejecting it as before. I'm certain there was no mistake in the typing of the lower case password.
It just doesn't seem to register that the password has been changed. Since I am the administrator, I'm wondering why I can't just turn off all the keychain and login passwords to operate the way the did before.
See if this MacFixit tutorial helps:
Tutorial: Keychain issues; resolving
If you can't access your keychain, or forget your password If you can't get into your keychain file because you've forgotten your password or the keychain file appears to be corrupt, there are a couple of options.
First, if you've forgotten your password, you can use the "Keychain First Aid" utility to make the keychain password the same as the login password.
This can be accomplished via the following process:
Open Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities
Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Preferences"
Click the "First Aid" tab
Make sure the "Synchronize login keychain password" box is checked
Close the Preferences window
Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Keychain First Aid"
Enter your username and password
Click the "Repair" button
Another option is to completely delete your keychain then recreate it. This routine is useful if your keychain appears to be corrupt or otherwise inaccessible.
This can be accomplished as follows:
Launch Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities)
Click "Show Keychains" in the lower-left corner of the window.
Select the problematic keychain from the left-hand pane.
Navigate to the "File" menu and select "Delete Keychain '(name of keychain)'"
Check all options for deletion and press "OK"
Create a new keychain by going to the "File" menu, then "New" and selecting "New Keychain"
You can now make this keychain your default if you desire by selecting it, then going to the "File" menu and selecting "Make '(name of keychain)' Default"
Login as root and perform repair In some cases, problems with keychains can only be resolved when logged in as the root user.
First, enable root user.
After enabling the root user, and logging in under this account, again open Keychain Access. First attempt repairs using Keychain First Aid, and failing that, delete then recreate the keychain as described above while logged in as root.
Persistently asked for stored passwords If you are persistently asked for passwords in various applications that you have specified should be remembered in a keychain, your "login" keychain may not be active for one reason or another.
Navigate to ~/Library/Keychains/ (this is the Library folder inside your user home folder). Find the file named "login.keychain" and double-click it.
Failing that, select the "login" keychain within the Keychain Access application and make sure it is the default keychain by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Make 'Login' Default"
Turn off Keychain synchronization in applications having problems If specific applications are experiencing issues when accessing password-protected material, Keychain may be to blame.
For example, it appears that in some cases, failures in .Mac synchronization transfers are linked to issues with Keychain.
If you are having problems synchronizing data with .Mac servers, you may want to try the following process:
Open System Preferences and access the .Mac pane
Click the "Sync" tab
Uncheck the "Synchronize with .Mac" checkbox
Close System Preferences
Re-open System Preferences and repeat steps 1 and 2
Re-check the "Synchronize with .Mac" checkbox
If the above process does not re-allow synchronization, you may need to leave Keychain synchronization turned off in the "Sync" tab of the .Mac System Preferences pane.
The above comes from an article published on MacFixit.com.
I've marked your reply as Helpful because there are a lot of things in there worth printing out and keeping for future use.
I have to say though that the complexity of managing the keychains is quite beyond me. I can't understand why the user needs to be involved in something so complicated with branches of settings pouring out like twigs on a tree.
During your compiling a very good course of actions to solve the problem I phoned the Support services of the Retailer who sold me the MacBook and he assumed my Keychain must be corrupt rather as you said, and his solution which has worked was to carry out the following actions.
Keychain Folder (DRAG and DROP it into the TRASH)
Click my name USER Admin
Click the LOCK to make the Authorizing password window come up
Enter my working password
Changes now not greyed out so change the tick from my Name to
Then back to my name again.
I had to put a tick in the Keychain box after re-entering email passwords and then ....
At last the Password login box no longer shows up on the boot sequence or when trying to SEND or RECEIVE email
Looking back over it this too was a complicated sequence of repairs and I wonder why the Mac allows the machine to get into such a mess. A simple password prompt would save all the above having to be done. I'm exhausted. But thanks for your tips, I will keep them all on file and consider you've solved it for me by alternative methods. And thank you.