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Jeff-B Calculating status...
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Aug 24, 2011 12:13 PM

Was it an error? Yes, but Here I am Anyway, so...

 

I had used the same login password for a long time on my G5 Dual 2.7 Mac, running OS-X 10.5.8.

 

Circumstances changed and I needed to change the password quickly (The wrong person did a shoulder peek)... Then My Life Blew Up. Its 2 years later now and I cannot remember the login..... It Does get Slightly Better.

 

I had a second user account on the machine that wasn't changed and I was able to login under that account which had management authority.... and I found I could "Reset The Password" on my Primary Account (Where ALL my Data is) .... but you get that little warning that this will change EVERYTHING ..... EXCEPT, the Login Keychain.......

 

So Here I am in some sort of Pergatory. I can login and use (Most) of my stuff, Some still asks for the Login Keychain, but even the stuff that Does work I have Problems with as the Computer is CONSTANTLY Popping Up a Login Screen (Twice Now Just Since I Have been Typing This) and that box superceeds anything you are doing, so Videos shut down, documents get typed into the password field of the box, etc.

 

I generated a list of the 3 Major Likely Passwords and the 60, or so, variations on those themes and tried them all. No Luck. Is there a way to reset the login keychain...without logging in to the kaychain?, or any other workaround so I can get things back to normal??

 

Thanks

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM (in response to Jeff-B)

    Hi Jeff, long time no see!

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

     

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Change Password from the Installer menu up at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

     

    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Change Password.*

     

    If you don't have that Install Disc there are other ways.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 4:54 PM (in response to Jeff-B)

    Hmmm, #2...

     

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...

     

    http://theappleblog.com/2008/06/22/reset-os-x-password-without-an-os-x-cd/

     

    Admin Hack...

     

    http://www.hackmac.org/?q=node/4

     

    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

     

    We should have new admin accounto work from then at least.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 10:58 PM (in response to Jeff-B)
    (Your Shaking Your Head right about now, Right?)

    No shaking, but did bring a smile or perhaps a chuckle even!

     

    Terminal should work, biggest dificulty is seeing the spaces required in any command, if possible copy it and paste it into a text editor, use the arrow key to caruse the command to see where the spaces are for sure.

     

    BTW, I think I've done the applesetupdone method a couple of dozen times, hasn't failed yet, but my guess is that the complaints are from people with Disk Corruption, and people with data loss massive Disk corruption... did we discuss how to help insure that isn't so yet?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:12 PM (in response to Jeff-B)
    does this not now give me the ability to use :Keychain Access" in Utilities to just Change my Normal Accounts Keychain to Match my Password ?

    Well, not sure uf we're talking about the PW for logging in, or the Keychain master PW.

     

    The login one is usually in the Accounts Pref Pane.

     

    Mac OS X 10.4: Keychain Access asks for keychain "login" after changing login password...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1631

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 25, 2011 4:42 PM (in response to Jeff-B)

    OK, open Keychain>Preferences>First Aid tab...

    KeychainPrefs1stAid.jpg

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 25, 2011 5:48 PM (in response to Jeff-B)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Aug 25, 2011 6:35 PM (in response to Jeff-B)

    Well, if it's just 2 passwords I'd try it, but in that other admin account, did we try importing this keychain?

     

    There can be at least 3 locations for Keychains...

     

    /Library/Keychains

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Keychains

     

    /System/Library/Keychains

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