Bought G4 PowerMac From a Friend Easy Question...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by reckoning, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    So I am a happy newbie owner of a PowerBook G4 12". I have given myself administrator status but every time I log in (as the only user) my preferences are gone and the computer still lists the previous owner as the owner.

    How do I completly convince this thing that I am now in control, the new owner, the grand poobah so that it will remember my preferences (itunes library etc).

  2. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Sounds like the permissions on that user account are corrupted. You could try re-applying the permissions, but the easiest way if you're new to UNIX is to create a new admin account for yourself in the System Preferences>>Accounts panel (ensure the Allow User to Admininstate text box is selected), then logging out of the old account and into the new. That will give you a completely fresh home folder.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    Hmm lets see.

    Wait a day.

    Go to Apple Store.

    Buy Leopard.

    Wipe HDD and install.

    Problem Fixed.

  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007

    Wiping the HD is definitely an option but seems like overkill at this point...

    Problem with re-applying persmissions is that I want one user on the computer ie ME rather than be an "Other account" and have multiple home folders. I would like to reset the "My Account" account which I have tried to do but I think all I am doing is renaming it (and I can't seem to rename the "Short Name". Grrrrrr.

    Thanks for your helpful replies... :)
  5. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Don't rename the Home folders or accounts on OSX unless you really want to get your hands dirty. There's all sorts of links in the NetInfo database you'll need to update which isn't for a newcomer.

    How about doing my earlier suggestion, moving your data over, then deleting the old admin account whilst logged in as the new one? That way you stay with only one account and get your disk space back :)
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    I did exactly that. And it worked fine. Thanks for the help.:)
  7. macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    As a side note, Power Macintosh ≠ PowerBook

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