My profile not showing at login!!

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  1. mohicanspap macrumors regular

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    So my issue here is that my profile is not showing at the login screen after a reboot. It is only showing a guest profile. To my recollection I had a problem using Onyx and I had onyx to hide guest accounts but not admin accounts. Is there a work around to this problem using Single user mode or just any way at all? And before I do get suggestions I don't need to here like "Restore from backup" or "Reinstall Lion" or even "don't mess with Onyx". None of that will help me here. Thank you for any one with suggestions.
     
  2. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    You *should* be able to get back into the user panel with your admin account PW, in the guest account. Maybe it was hidden inadvertantly (sorry, stupid suggestion, but still :().
     
  3. mohicanspap thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well unfortunately the only account I have access to is a safari only guest account. I'm trying to see if I can do anything in recovery mode like root access. Thank you for your suggestion.
     
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    Problem solved!! All I did was go into recovery mode and used the terminal to delete this file "com.apple.loginwindow.plist" using this command.

    rm /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist

    Now everything is back to normal :) and I can see my profile.
     
  5. Android300zx macrumors regular

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    Thanks for posting instructions. There's nothing more I hate than when someone has an issue and then posts "It's fix" without saying what they did.

    Do you know what caused the problem to begin with? Was it an application? Onyx?
     
  6. mohicanspap thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I think I may have had Onyx hide the administrator accounts from the login window :p. But now Im having trouble hiding the Guest account. Haha oh well.
     
  7. minifridge1138, Jan 17, 2012
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    You could try modifying the .plist that you deleted.
    It seems it was able to hide the admin account, so it's a reasonable assumption that it can hide the guest account.

    Most tools and utilities are just UIs that modify property lists for you.
    It's a shame that Apple doesn't provide more tools to modify these types of settings.
     
  8. mohicanspap thread starter macrumors regular

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    That sounds like an idea. I'll have to try it out when I get a chance. Even when I tell System Preferences to hide guest accounts it fails to do so.
     

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