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    Exclamation Macbook Stuck at login screen...
    Hello all,

    im having a login problem with my macbook. its the early 2008 version. i have upgraded the hard drive from the stock 200 gb to a 750 gb about 6 months ago. havent had any problems untill this past week. im stuck at the login screen! if i type my password incorrectly the little password box will wiggle like normal but when i type it correctly the screen will flash white like its going to log in but loops back to the login screen. i have tried to repair disk permissions ect. tried booting while holding shift. tried booting while holding command opt P R. nothing is helping. when i repair disk or permissions it says everything is totally fine. does anyone have any ideas? restoring is a bit out of the question because i havent backed up my computer in a bit :/ and i have too much stuff that i simply can not lose. and i cant back up now because i cant login!

    any ideas would be appreciated!

    2008 macbook
    4 gig ram
    750 gb HD
    nothing new was installed......

    also i am running latest version of lion

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    Have your tried booting from a DVD? Assuming you either have your original Leopard DVD or perhaps Snow Leopard. Try booting that way and run the Apple Hardware Test. Also, have you tried booting in Safe mode?

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    well i am running lion so i hold opt to boot into the "disk". i have booted into safe mode with the same results (holding shift while booting) also i have cleared the PRAM (holding opt command P R while booting). booting up isnt the issue. its logging in. i have two users on my computer so one home folder being corrupted isnt the issue either.

    thanks for your reply!

    Any other ideas???

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    That's an unusual problem. Have you tried to reset the password to see if that will let you log in? You should be able to reset the password from either a boot DVD or the Lion recovery partition.

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    Well I have tried to change the passwords using my master password. Still same issue. I didn't know you could reset the password from a disk/recovery partition....

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    Yes, you can change the password with a boot DVD. However, the Lion Recovery partition does not have a way to reset the password - I just checked.

    Also, I removed your cross post. Please do not cross post the same question to another forum. Only post to one forum and continue with the same thread.

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    Ok, so advantages of that?? Also, I cross posted because I wasn't sure if it was hardware or software.... I'm new here sorry!

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    sorry that may have seemed mean if you read it a certain way...... advantages of resetting my password off a disk over reseting it by my master password??

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