Cannot log into Mac os X please help.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by btcomm, May 19, 2007.

  1. btcomm macrumors regular

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    Ok, it was working, auto login was set. The computer got a kernel panic and now when it boots up the login screen says Mac OS X with a blue apple, has 2 fields that are blank, Name and Password. It does not give a computer name on the screen.

    When I boot off of a 10.1 cd or a 10.2 cd and try to reset the password it says there are no users to select from.

    Is there a possibility that this computer has os 10.0 on it? If so would that account for no computer name being displayed on the login screen or is that a symptoms that the system and users are totally screwed up?

    Is there a bootable cd that will let me see the files that are on the HD? Maybe even copy the files to an external hd or something? If I were to reinstall with the users being screwed up is there a chance the data might get lost or are the files safe? Sorry for all the questions, if you can answer any or all that would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    Also, if I boot off of the 10.2 cd, I have the option to archive and install and even preserve user and network settings. Does that mean for sure that I have os 10.2 on here already? Or would I even be given an archive and install option if it was 10.1 or 10.0? Also if I did an archive and install preserving user settings and the users are messed up, would the files in the home folders be protected? I would imagine that an OS install would not delete them but I thought I would check and make sure.
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Did you by chance change/move/rename your home folder?
     
  3. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, maybe. so if I renamed my home folder I would not be able to log in anymore? I thought if that happened your account would still be there but when you log in everything would be blank. I can't even log in at all with this computer.
     
  4. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

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    No one knows? Basically the database that keeps track of users on the mac is hosed. Is there a bootable cd that will allow you to see all the files that are still on the hd? Possibly even copy those to an external hd?
     

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