New "other" account after restore.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Brettka7, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Brettka7 macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2011
    Friend had to reinstall the "Mac OS X install DVD" because she couldn't log in. After it installed, her stuff was all still in the computer, but now she has an "other" log in, which she can't actually log into. She can't figure out how to get rid of it or why it's there. She can log into her normal account again fine. Any ideas how to get rid of it, if it won't mess anything else up or delete any other info/data/apps?
  2. Mersailios macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    Is there anything listed in System Preferences under Accounts?
  3. Brettka7 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2011
    Only her main account.
  4. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    "Other" is not an account. It is a means to login to accounts that by default would not appear in the list of users.

    Potential causes:

    1. Root account enabled (disable root user:
    2. Connected to a directory server, check System Preferences --> Accounts (10.5, 10.6, this will be Users & Groups is 10.7) --> Login Options. It will show a Join button if you are not connected, otherwise it will show the name of the server.

    My bet is on number one.

    Alternatively, you have a corrupt account record in Directory Services that is valid enough to get the Other option but not valid enough to appear in Accounts. This is likely not it.

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