Just. Can't Log. In. to panther! help?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by John B Beta, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. John B Beta macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2004
    Something v bizarre going on with my powerbook. I have it set so when u start up you have to select user and enter password - but it jsut won't log in - jsut hangs, and i get the spinning beachballofdoom, then eventually a message that says "sorry you cant log in at this time - please contact your administrator for assistance" or somethign like that. Has been happening every now adn then for a month or so, but if i rebooted adn tried againb it woudl usually let me in - now, NeVVVer...

    My user IS the main administrator one - i havent messed about with permissions or anything - i am definitely entering the right password, its not doign the shake thing - ive tried booting from the panther installation cd that came with it, and running disk utility, verifyiung disk permissions, adn repairing disk - nothing was majory wrong. The first time i did that it let me log in the next time, now nothing... There's plenty of space on teh HD - no dodgy software, i have a firewall, adn up to date virex software - and i keep all the software updates in order...

    anyone konw whats wrong? or am i gon ahave to go thru T booting firewire stylee, rescuing all my file adn installing from scratch?! Please, someone... Helllppp meeeeee
  2. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    Boot to the Panther CD and change the Admin password and see if it lets you log in then. I know you know your password, but maybe changing it will help?
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    If you have another Mac, try target disk mode. Take copy your files over. This is just a precaution in case you have to reinstall--last resort.

    I think that there is something on the Panther install disk that lets you wipe the passwords. I've never used it and I could be off the mark, but there is something like that.

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