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MacBook Pro-cannot login to admin. account

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Dec 27, 2010 6:48 PM
After installing FileVault to my admin account, I shut down my MacBook Pro (10.6.5). I later wanted to sign-in to my admin account but when I typed in the correct password, the screen read, "You are unable to log in to the FileVault user account "(my admin account)" at this time. (and in fine print: Logging in to the account failed because an error occurred.) Does anyone have any info on what I should do?
MacBook Pro (10.6.5), Mac OS X (10.6.5), cannot login to admin account
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 27, 2010 9:54 PM (in response to atopper)
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 28, 2010 3:44 PM (in response to atopper)
    I've seen a lot of posts about FileVault issues, so it doesn't seem like a good program. (Once I get this fixed, I will definitely uninstall FileValt.) Another thing I've tried doing is uninstalling FileVault through both of those accounts.


    With due respect I'm sure FileVault is fine, almost always when people have difficulties with an application it's because they don't have a good grasp on how to use it. I think it would be extremely unwise to attempt to uninstall it, it's part of OS X. If you don't want to use it that's another story but trying to uninstall could create some serious side affects that you would soon regret.

    I would recommend you book an appointment at your local Apple Store and work with someone that can help you. Either that or contact AppleCare and work with someone senior enough that knows FileVault well.

    *NOTE: After posting I decided to look a little closer into FileVault by studying it in a Snow Leopard Book. Here is what it says:*

    *DON'T EVER FORGET THE MASTER PASSWORD, or you will never see anything in your Home Folder!* It goes on to say +If you forget your login password and also forget the Master password, everything in your home folder is lost forever.+

    While I'm not sure if this pertains to the issue you are having it may. If possible if you have been using Time Machine restore your system to an earlier time when you weren't using FileVault and see if that helps. However before taking such a dramatic step I'd recommend getting some professional assistance first.

    Message was edited by: rkaufmann87
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 28, 2010 11:36 PM (in response to atopper)
    Your welcome, I hope you get a good solution. At any rate let us know what happens....oh and thank you for the star.
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • dumdee2004 Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:08 AM (in response to atopper)

    I am in this same situation where I cannot log in because of Vault File error. I have tried reinstalling OS X. I also tried restore from my time machine to an earlier date.

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