New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.3 - Panther user login problem


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
rationalisst

 
Member Since: May 29, 2008
Posts: 1
rationalisst is on a distinguished road

rationalisst is offline
A client of mine has an eMac that has multiple user accounts. One of the users - a non-admin user - is experiencing a strange problem upon login. After inputting name and password the desktop appears blank (there should be multiple icons and files showing). The top menu bar and the dock both appear, but neither are functional. I can hear the hard drive spinning, and the menu bar and dock will periodically disappear for a moment, then reappear. Also, during this process the cursor is mostly a "spinning wheel." This continues, and the desktop icons never appear, nor can I open any programs, nor use any menu/dock items. This user login is essentially rendered unusable. As far as I can tell there isn't even a way to log out - I pretty much have to power down to escape this user.

The other users on this machine, including my own admin login, work just fine. The messed-up user, which I'll refer to here as "staff," has stored most data on the desktop, which is where the problem seems to reside. When I access the "staff" user across a network it appears to make the connection, but when I attempt to even view the files on the "staff" desktop the network connection severs itself. I've also booted up using a firewire drive with the same OS that has a username and password that match the "staff" user on the internal drive, and then tried to copy the data from the "staff" user's desktop to the firewire drive. I get an error message saying that "a file is busy" and the copy aborts. I can access, copy, etc. other folders and files in the under the "staff" user folder. The desktop folder seems to be the only problematic folder.

I've tried other standard fixes - verify/repair disk, fixing disk permissions, rebuild disk using DiskWarrior, but nothing has solved this problem. At this point I have a user login with about 10gb of data that I cannot access, even to back up. Any suggestions would be welcome.

The machine is a 1Ghz eMac with 512mb RAM, and Panther 10.3.9.
QUOTE Thanks
louishen

 
louishen's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
Location: London
Posts: 8,935
louishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver

louishen is offline
You may have to enable the root user on that machine from your admin account

I think root should give you all privileges and allow you to copy everything

I would try that first

Otherwise there may be a terminal command to use sudo and force copy the folder
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Recently Upgraded to Leopard | Safari and Youtube »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Strange Login problem - HELP! Lakinni OS X - Operating System 18 10-22-2007 06:06 PM
weird finder problem at login MKnight OS X - Operating System 0 09-17-2007 03:17 PM
mac mini multi user problem gilbo OS X - Operating System 1 10-23-2006 06:21 AM
Camino and vBulletin login problem antizero OS X - Apps and Games 1 10-10-2006 12:07 PM
Fast User Switching Problem Stevejac OS X - Operating System 3 04-01-2004 10:24 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?