Whats Wrong With My iMac G3?!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by poofusnoof, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    I'm A Michigander
    Im pretty mad.
    Whats wrong with my iMac G3?
    Everything was working fine, until I decided to restarted the machine.
    Then, it booted up with the basic Mac OS X wallpaper and ERASED ALL OF MY Documents. But kept everthing I had installed.
    Example: I installed AIM, A writing program, and other stuff, which is still on the computer. But all of my documents, and music...ARE GONE!

    I just installed new RAM today..but its running fast and working fine.

    Can Someone Please Help ME!:mad:
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    I'm A Michigander
    GOSH DARN IT..:eek:
    i think i did
    is there anyway i can get the music and docs and such back??
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    I'm A Michigander
    YAY..I fixed it. I feel really stupid. :eek: Im sorry you had to read this..and thanks for reminding me what i did.
    In case anyone who reads this ever does what i did (me = newbie to macs) heres how you fix it.
    In Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4 or later you can rename your home directory without the safeguard of entering your password (authentication). If you do this, your home directory contents and preferences will appear to be lost the next time you log in. Applications use default preferences, and your home directory subfolders (Documents, Pictures, and so forth) are empty.

    This issue affects Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

    When an "admin" user renames his home directory, a new, empty home directory will be created the next time the affected user logs in. Though the original home directory is not being used, it is still present. This may create the false impression that the home directory is lost.

    Note: For technical reasons, it is best not to intentionally change the name of a home directory unless absolutely necessary.

    Before you assume that the home directory contents were actually lost, check the /Users folder to see if the missing home directory is present and simply renamed.

    If you determine that the home directory is present but renamed, follow these steps:

    In the Finder, go to the /Users folder.
    Locate the new home directory, which bears the users' short name.
    Add "_new" to the new home directory's name.
    Rename the old home directory to the user's correct short name.
    Log out and back in with the affected user account.

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