iMac not letting me log in

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wayne s, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Wayne s macrumors regular

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    I did a erase and install of OSX today and then restored from a time machine back up, now I can not get past the log in screen. My password is not recognised for some reason.

    How can I fix this. This is the worst thing that has happened since I switched and I feel that I have lost all my data.

    Please be gentle.
     
  2. raziel777 macrumors regular

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    Boot up from the install dvd. Go to utilities at the top menu. Go to change or reset password. Might work.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You haven't. Worst-case scenario it can be manually recovered from the Time Machine drive.

    For future reference, archive & install does exactly the same thing as a Time Machine when "preserve users and network settings" is selected, but with less muss.

    You were expecting something else?

    Isn't that the firmware password reset utility?
     
  4. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, that's probably the best idea at this point.

    Yes. Worst case would just be a reinstall.

    I think he was expecting that we would rip the hard drive out of his computer, and ship it back to Apple in an uninsured no-signature evelop and then never get it back. :eek:
     
  5. raziel777 macrumors regular

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    No. Say if you forget your password. You just use this to reset it and your good to go. Done it before.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Oh, why didn't you say so in the first place? I'll be right there.
     
  7. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have tried booting from the install DVD and it keeps taking me to the log in screen and asking for my password, which is not being reconized.
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Hold down the C key from when the startup chime goes until the Apple logo appears.
     
  9. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    That worked and I am now back in, so simple but so far away. Thank my lucky stars I kept my old Windows laptop.

    Thank you to you all.
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Glad to help. Now, about that no-signature envelope... :cool:
     
  11. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now you have lost me?
     
  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    C'mon, keep up. ;)
     
  13. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, slowing down in my old age. 40 this year:)
     

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