Whats going on here?

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  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    I did a fresh install of OS X - but now when I try to use Software Update, Start Disk, Accounts, etc. it gives me a dialogue box asking for an Administrator Name, and password.I never got asked that before:confused:

    And when I type it in, it wont work saying it is incorrect! I entered the name and password I use on my main login screen when it starts up ( which works fine ). Is this the same as the Administrator name and password?? I have never set up an Administrator name and password seperately:(

    Any ideas
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What's it say for your account type in System Preferences > Accounts?
     
  3. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried that to gain access to my accounts - but same thing happened, it asked me for an Admin name & pw ,
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What does it say under your account name? You don't have to change anything, yet.
     
  5. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Does it say Standard or Admin?
     
  7. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It says standard - but if I click on the little padlock t open it so I can make changes, it again asks me for name and pw - which are rejected
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You are not an admin, stop trying.

    Are there any other accounts? Any that say Admin under them?
     
  9. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    You need to boot off the Install disk, run disk utility and repair permissions.

    If that doesn't fix it, you need to boot of the Install Disk and login as the root admin then change your user account back to an admin account.

    EDIT: For better security the main account you use all the time should be standard, and use the admin account when installing/updating software only.
     
  10. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no - I even tried resetting th pw with the start up disc, with no luck.

    Thanks for the help btw:)
     
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  12. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    You can't change the pw unless you log in as the root user (not the same as your regular admin account)
    If you can't change it or create a new admin with the root admin login then you have bigger software issues that require a reinstall or the genius bar. ;)
     
  13. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  14. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    Really? That seems like it would be a lot of trouble for some people.
     
  15. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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  16. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not saying it's not worth it, I never even thought about it, but I have to enter my password enough as it is, and also having to type my user name every time might get annoying.

    It's just one of those things that you see that initially seems like it would be a hassle, but after you find out more about it, you see that it is worth the small annoyance.
     

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