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Can't log in

After I login using my user id and password, the login screen will fade away and then re-appear as if I never entered the information. I have had the same login information for about two years so I know I am doing that part correctly. Is there anything that I may be missing?

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  • hauptc Dec 05, 2008

    How do I get past the log in screen to archive and install?

  • VJML Feb 06, 2009

    my laptop is always saying I'm not connected to the internet.  My wireless service has been contacted and I rebooted the system. Then I enter the airport and my wireless code and the password and once in a while it connects usually it takes several tries

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You are not missing anything, it sounds like the OS X software is not functioning correctly, do an archive and install on the computer and it should fix your problem.

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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Hi I have two solutions hopefully one of them will help you out. The first solution is if you forgot you password. What you are going to want to do is insert your Mac OSX Install disk into the computer and then restart the computer. As soon as the computer restarts hold down the "option" key until a menu appears asking you what you want to boot up with, select the disk. It might take a while to load from the disk but once you are there it will look like you are trying to reinstall Mac OSX but if you go to the top menu bar there will be a option to reset the password of a user. All you simply have to do is enter the new password that you would like to use for your account.
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