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ravifromca Calculating status...
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Mar 31, 2012 4:55 PM

I disabled DirectoryServices due to repeated core dumps. I cannot log in with my user name and password. Can someone help? Previously if I entered the password incorrectly, I would get a hint. That also does not happen. Have I locked myself out forever? I dont have any other accounts set up on this machine.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to ravifromca)

    Hi, two options I 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 Reset Password from the Installer menu at the 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 Reset Password.

    And though I haven't tried it on 10.6/10.7, I think this may get you in...

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



    Admin Hack...



    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.


    Of course neither of these will work if you have Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...



    It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.


    Then again, we might need to Archive & Install to get Directory Services back.


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