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  1. #1

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    Dec 16, 2011
    messed up users in Lion
    a couple of days ago I replaced my old G4 iMac with a Mac mini. moving from Tiger to Lion OS. Unfortunately for me, I'm one of those people who tends to blunder into trying things w/o reading about how to do it. In the process of trying to get the users set up as I wanted them, I decided to change the name of the one user account on the computer. Now when the computer starts up/waked up, all that shows is the former user name but it will no longer accept the password I set up for that account under the old name. After investingating, I suspect my big mistake was changing the name of the account w/o also changing the name of the home directory, though I don't know for certain.

    Anyway, I know there must be SOME way of logging in to the system so I can fix my mistake, but I'm having no luck in figuring out how to do it. Can anyone tell me what to do?

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    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 15" Macbook Pro TB, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 6S, iPod Nano 7th Gen
    You need this: Mac OS X: How to start up in single-user or verbose mode

    Once in single user mode, go ahead and go about trying to fix your mistake by renaming directories and what have you..

    Good luck..
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  3. #3

    Member Since
    Dec 16, 2011
    thanks, Raz0rEdge, but that route turned out to be beyond my capabilities. Then I realized I actually have a NEW computer so I can call AppleCare and amazingly enough they got me working again.

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