1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 2, 2013 1:27 PM by hands4
LeahRH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello everyone,


I am working on my friends mac to get it ready to sell. I went into the advanced options of the user and changed the name of the account. That's all I changed. I did read the warning that said if anything was changed it could cause damage, that's why I only changed the name of the user account. I didn't want to mess with anything else. Well, needless to say, I am locked out of the machine. Apparently the root user, system administrator, account was not enabled and I am stuck at the screen that I can get to with my installation disc. So how can I enable the root user account and get back onto the machine from the screen I am at? Can I enable the root user from terminal? I spent a good 8 hours yesterday researching this topic and have come up empty. Changing passwords from commands in terminal is not the problem. I am given just one account to choose from to log on and it's not accepting the password because of the changes I made in the advanced options menu.


Is there any hope of getting this thing going again? Or have I just screwed myself over?


Thanks for your help!



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.3)