3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2013 11:51 AM by LaPastenague
thisisstupid00 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I have a 1st gen time capsule that I have been using for 5 years to backup a macbook with 10.6.8 on it.  Recently I introduced a 2nd macbook with 10.9 on it and started backing up to the same time capsule.  For a short time I was able to backup both machines to the TC without problem.  Recently I introduced a new 802.11ac airport extreme to the mix and began using it as my primary wifi provider...the old 1st gen TC was connected to the extreme via gigEthernet and dropped from the wifi network.  At this point I was able to continue backing up the 10.9 macbook but my old 10.6.8 client began showing "time machine could not complete the backup."

 

The rest of the dialog box reads:

 

"

The network backup disk could not be accessed because there was a problem with the network username or password.

Open Time Machine preferences to select the network backup disk and re-enter the correct username and password.

 

"

 

So I've used the airport utility to change passwords and try different combination of options for access but the error persists.  The error persists whether connected via gigEthernet directly to the TC or via wifi through the new airport extreme.  I can't get it to work.  I've even tried removing the pair from the network and attempted a backup via gigEthernet with no other devices connected.

 

Interesting sidebar is that I can browse the network and connect to the TC without problem through the finder.  I can see the .sparsebundle file for the old macbook.  It is there just as it has always been but I can't continue backing up anymore.

 

 

-any thoughts on a remedy to this issue which doesn't involve me flushing the old .sparsebundle down the toilet?  I really need to maintain the integrity of my old time machine backups.


AirPort Express 802.11N (2nd generation), OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (41,265 points)

    Start over with a factory reset.

     

    The Factory Reset Gen1-4.

     

    Unplug your TC. Hold in reset. and power the TC back on.. without releasing reset for about 10sec. When the status light flashes rapidly; release it.

    Be Gentle! Feel the switch click on. It has a positive feel..  add no more pressure after that.

    TC will reboot after a couple of minutes with default factory settings and will wipe out previous configurations.

    No files are deleted on the hard disk.. No reset of the TC deletes files.. to do that you use erase from the airport utility.

     

    Setup the TC again, this time using all short names, no spaces and pure alphanumeric characters.

     

    You can do this in complete isolation with the TC plugged into the Snow Leopard computer using 5.6 utility.

     

    Do not set any limitations to access of the TC disk.. in fact I recommend you turn on the guest account to read and write. This can help with permissions issues.

     

    Make sure once you have finished that you set the TC to bridge mode and plug it back into the new AC AE.

     

    Ensure you have ipv6 setup on the SL computer  to local link.. this is important and maybe key to the problem.

     

    Check that you can mount the disk in SL.

     

    Reset TM following A4 here. http://pondini.org/TM/Troubleshooting.html

     

    If you find it important to maintain these old backups, do archive the existing disk in the TC.. it is now 5years old.. and it can die in its sleep.. old age.. dementia.. sudden heart attack.


  • thisisstupid00 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    thank you,

     

    "Interesting sidebar is that I can browse the network and connect to the TC without problem through the finder."

     

    -for this reason I wasn't convinced the problem was a permissions one, but then again I didn't have any idea if the TM component used a different account than my user account in the Finder so I couldn't rule it out.

     

    In the end a rebuild after factory reset did the trick and I am backing up once again.

     

    a few other misc points.  My gen1 TM is on its 3rd HDD and now has an external power supply so i'm not afraid of it dying due to age as my oldest backup is now about 2 years.  Also, the SL computer does not offer a LINK-LOCAL IPV6 config option:  just automatic or manual.

     

    During my reset I think I did it about 4 times starting with a restoration of the TC config file from a backup.  I wasn't sure what was in there but perhaps the bad permissions were part of it.  I couldn't get two different restoration attempts to work even though I modified one of them considerably and in the end the main contributor might have been the fact that my TC name had a SPACE in it.  I now have a name without SPACES.  Two different attempts proved successful when the name was without SPACES.

     

    -thanks again

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (41,265 points)

    My gen1 TM is on its 3rd HDD and now has an external power supply so i'm not afraid of it dying due to age

     

    Excellent.. the rest of the hardware in the Gen1 is very reliable but the power supply is terrible.

     

    Also, the SL computer does not offer a LINK-LOCAL IPV6 config option:  just automatic or manual.

     

    Ahhh.. true .. I have now been on Mountain Lion long enough to be corrupted.

     

    I wonder what effect that has on running later versions of the TC.. because Apple clearly state it should be set to local link (link local is actually more correct).

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4597

     

    Although they say it is only for the 6.3 utility to work.. it does seem to have issues with file transfer as well.