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Thread: After renaming Home folder on 10.4 desktop icons and menu bar won't load.

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    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2012
    Question After renaming Home folder on 10.4 desktop icons and menu bar won't load.
    Hello everybody !!

    I bought an iMac G3 500 MHz Indigo running Mac OS X 10.4.11. I wanted to rename the Home folder, because I didn't want to have the name from the previous user there. But the next time I booted the computer up, only what I get is a desktop background and dock. Nothing else... no menu bar or icons on desktop. When I go to Force Quit Manager, the Finder is there, then disappears, then it's back there etc.
    When I move the cursor from dock to desktop, there is only a spinning beach ball of death, which changes to a normal cursor for a few seconds and then back. I can't run any application from dock, I click on them, it makes 2 bounces and then nothing. I don't know what to do .

    Thanks for replies !

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    TattooedMac's Avatar
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    May 19, 2009
    Waiting for a mate . . .
    Hi and welcome to the forums. . . . . Im sorry to say, but if you didnt follow the steps below exactly i think a complete System Reinstall is in order.
    Playing with the Home Folder is dangerous work if you dont know what you are doing, and there is a specific way to do this, and ONLY if you are competent with Terminal and using Root . . . .

    For Mac OS X v10.4.11 and earlier

    Optional step: As a precaution, you may disable automatic login prior to performing this procedure. You might want to back up important data, too. In the event that you restart the computer for any reason before completing the procedure, this would prevent complications from having displaced the user selected for automatic login. (For Mac OS X v10.1.5 or earlier, automatic login is found in the Login preference pane. For Mac OS X v10.2 and v10.3, it is found in the Accounts preference pane.)
    Mac OS X v10.3 or later: If FileVault is enabled, temporarily turn it off, which will log you out.
    Enable the root user and log in as root.
    For Mac OS X v10.2 or later: Open the Accounts pane of System Preferences.
    For Mac OS X v10.1.5 or earlier: Open the Users pane of System Preferences.
    In the Name list, locate the user account with the short name that you want to replace. This will be referred to as the "original user".
    Note whether or not the original user is identified as an administrator, which appears in the Kind column to the right.
    Click New User. For Mac OS X v10.3 or later, this is the plus (+) button.
    Complete the Name and Short Name fields as desired. Be sure that the Short Name is exactly as you want it to appear.
    For Mac OS X v10.2: Fill in the New Password and Verify fields.
    For Mac OS X v10.1.5. or earlier: Click the password tab, then fill in the Password and Verify fields.
    If the user you are replacing is an Admin user, then select the checkbox for "Allow user to administer this computer". For Mac OS X 10.3, click the Security tab to locate this setting.

    Note: This checkbox is dimmed and already selected if there is not another Admin user. Mac OS X requires at least one Admin user.

    Click Save. (Skip this step for Mac OS X v10.3.)
    Quit System Preferences.
    Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
    Choose Computer from the Go menu.
    Open the Users folder in the Mac OS X disk.
    Open the folder with the short name of the new user that you just created.
    Drag the contents of this folder to the Trash.

    Important: Do not empty the Trash yet. In the event that you accidentally move contents of the wrong folder, you may recover them from the Trash after discovering your mistake.

    Choose New Finder Window from the File menu. Be sure to position the new window so that you can see both Finder windows.
    In the new window, open the folder of the original user.
    Press the Option key as you drag the contents of the original user's folder into the new user's folder (that you emptied in Step 16). This makes a copy of the contents.
    Close one of the Finder windows.
    Open the Terminal application (located at /Applications/Utilities/).
    Type: chown -R <new_name> /Users/<new_name>

    Important: Replace "<new_name>" with the actual short name of the new user you just created. For example, if the new user had the short name "jacques", you would type:
    chown -R jacques /Users/jacques

    Press Return
    Quit Terminal.
    Choose Log Out from the Apple menu.
    Log in as the new user. You should be able to access all of your original files on the desktop and in the folders of the Home directory.

    Important: If you do not have access to your original items, log out and log back in as root, then repeat Step 22. Also, be sure that you did not place the wrong files in the Trash in Step 16.

    Choose Home from the Go menu.
    Open the Library folder, then the Keychains folder inside it.
    Select the keychain, which should still have the short name of the original user.
    Choose Show Info from the File menu.
    In the Info window that appears, choose Name & Extension from the pop-up menu.
    Change the name to match the new user's short name.
    Close the Info window.
    Open the Keychain Access application, located in the Utilities folder.
    From the Edit menu, choose "<new_name> Settings". For the user Jacques, this would appear as: "jacques Settings".
    Click Change Passphrase.
    Enter the desired password, then click OK. You may use the same password again or set it to match the login password of the new user.

    Note: This step prevents you from discovering later that the keychain had retained an older password.

    Quit Keychain Access.
    Disable the root user.
    If everything is working correctly, you do not need to log back in as root to empty the Trash. The folders you put there occupy a negligible amount of disk space.
    Depending on what software you have installed, you may wish to rename other files and folders that may have been created under the original user short name to match the new user short name
    Hope that gives you some insight and i HOPE you have the install Disks

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    If you're running a used machine still with the other users files and apps you should do a reinstall anyway.
    No telling what's on there. You DO have the system disks right?
    Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

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    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2012
    Yes, I have !
    Ok, then I'm going to reinstall Mac OS.

    Thanks for help, I will write back, if it was succesful.

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2012
    Well, I had a few problems with Disc 2, but now it's installing iTunes !!!!

    Thanks a lot !!!!!

    PS: How can somebody mark this post as closed ??? Or, how do I do it ??


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