Leopard Password! What the Bleep!?!?!?

Dissecta

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Jun 5, 2007
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Edinburgh, UK
Just installed Leopard.

Finished

MBP reboots and comes up with a password screen (I usually have the machine set to boot straight in).

Type in my password (the one I used to confirm I wanted to install...) rejects it.

Click forgot password, comes up with the hint for the password I just typed.

Type again rejects it.

Type really carefully.

Rejects it.

What the heck is going on?

I'm trying an archive and install now to see if that'll work.

If it happens again what can I do? I'm the only user on the machine.

Anyone else had weird password issues (I remember having some similar after a Jaguar patch on my old Powerbook.)
 

Dissecta

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Jun 5, 2007
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Edinburgh, UK
OK reset the password using the utility on the disk.

Twice.

And it still rejects it.

I even made the password hint the password.

As in the utterly Dumb "Password1" is the both the password and the hint.

This is utterly insane.

Any ideas or do I try to reinstall Tiger?

What next format the disk and start again.

All my important folders were saved to my external hard disk but I didn't back up mail or my bookmarks.

Thankfully a lot of other stuff is still on my old powerbook.

OK it's now let me log in as Sys Admin....
 

Dissecta

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Jun 5, 2007
91
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Edinburgh, UK
caps lock? :D
Nope... I wish.

It seems to be some kind of permission issue with my account.

It won't seem to either accept the original password or let me reset it.

Can I just create a new account and the copy/paste across all the data from the old account (such as mail boxes etc) into a new account and then delete the old one?
 

Dissecta

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Jun 5, 2007
91
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Edinburgh, UK
I heard a rumour that people were having a problem when using passwords longer than 8 letters. Perhaps try a shorter password and see if this works!?
mmm there an update that came in for that...

Still doesn't work.

I'm going to copy across files then drop the old account my External disk then nuke it on the Mac.
 

Dissecta

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Jun 5, 2007
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Edinburgh, UK
Is there anyway I can globally set the permissions on a hierarchy of folders?

I really don't fancy having to work my way through all folders allowing me permission to them...

Worked it out... It's been two years since I took my Panther Course
 

apple_iBoy

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Oct 28, 2003
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To the OP:

You are not alone, my friend. The exact same thing happened to mee

Fortunately, I was able to log into a second Admin level account on the machine and reset my main account's password from the System Preferences there. Of course, I had to type the old "incorrect" password to change it, but oddly enough, it was accepted at that point. No problems since then.
 

Dissecta

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Original poster
Jun 5, 2007
91
4
Edinburgh, UK
To the OP:

You are not alone, my friend. The exact same thing happened to mee

Fortunately, I was able to log into a second Admin level account on the machine and reset my main account's password from the System Preferences there. Of course, I had to type the old "incorrect" password to change it, but oddly enough, it was accepted at that point. No problems since then.
Wouldn't work for me, I'm afraid.

Never mind I have created a new account and copied across all data.

Had to reset the permission etc for the copied folders and had to import my address book from my old Mac.

slowly getting there.

I'm still getting an error in iPhoto that it can't save changes and to check if there is space on the Hard Disk or Permissions... But I have read and write access to the pictures folder and have applied that to all folders under it.
 
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