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OS 10.4 - maximum login attempts with 10.4?


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I had an unusual incident yesterday morning with my Imac. I am using Mac OS 10.4. The system would not accept my password. I attempted several times, typing the password carefully each time. When I did so, the log in screen shook as if it didn't recognize the password. I attempted once to log in as a guest, which is a separate account, but the system would not accept its password either. I was momentarily terrified because in three years of daily use, my Mac had never done this before. It was acting as if there were a virus inside the system. In a somewhat desperate attempt to remedy the problem, I did what every PC user would do: I restarted the computer. The password works fine at this point and I have not noticed any glitches in the operations since then.

I will volunteer one additional piece of information which may not be relevant. I have a boarder in my house who uses this system. I set up a "guest" account for him that does not have administrative powers. One theory I have is that he was trying to guess my administrative password. I really don't want to confront the guy if I'm wrong, but I don't want him trying to guess my password either. Unless I am absolutely certain, I am not going to confront him. Is there a maximum number of attempts at logging in? What is that number and what happens if you exceed that number?
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No maximum as far as I'm aware, you just can't log in.
Use your install disc and change your password.

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Hope you did not leave the install DVD where the boarder could get his hands on it and access to your account, or worse, has changed the password? Looks like a format of the drive and a clean install coming up and tell the boarder it has crashed and unavailable.
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