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[help!] can't login after a forced shutdown

Message #1 - Posted 2007/03/13 - Asorka

Yesterday I forced a shutdown on my iMac G5.
Today I can't login: it appears a different login window (it seems two windows getting over each other) and it don't accept my password!

I did a reboot by my install dvd and I repaired the disk and the permissinons it (there were errors) but it didn't solve my problmem.

Then I did another reboot for resetting the password (I didn't forget it) but when I choice the disk it tells me "no available users", so I can't reset anything. The log install output is:

localhost : Open /Volumes/iMac G5/var/db/netinfo/local.nidb failed : No Root Record in Datastore

I can't go on and I'm a little be worried about it.

Thanks in advance for the help
and please excuse my poor english :)

Message #2 - Posted 2007/03/13 - tacit

Previously, Asorka wrote:

Then I did another reboot for resetting the password (I didn't forget it) but when I choice the disk it tells me "no available users", so I can't reset anything. The log install output is:

localhost : Open /Volumes/iMac G5/var/db/netinfo/local.nidb failed : No Root Record in Datastore

I can't go on and I'm a little be worried about it.

Your Netifo database, a vital system file that contains information about the users on your system, got clobbered.

You will need to re-install Mac OS X from your install DVD. Use the "Archive and Install" option. (This will not delete any of your data or programs.)

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Message #3 - Posted 2007/03/13 - Darrell Greenwood

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Previously, Asorka wrote:

Yesterday I forced a shutdown on my iMac G5. Today I can't login: it appears a different login window (it seems two windows getting over each other) and it don't accept my password!

I did a reboot by my install dvd and I repaired the disk and the permissinons it (there were errors) but it didn't solve my problmem.

Then I did another reboot for resetting the password (I didn't forget it) but when I choice the disk it tells me "no available users", so I can't reset anything. The log install output is:

localhost : Open /Volumes/iMac G5/var/db/netinfo/local.nidb failed : No Root Record in Datastore

I can't go on and I'm a little be worried about it.

Thanks in advance for the help
and please excuse my poor english :)

FWIW, http://iwiring.net:8000/ has the following tip at -- 28 November 2006 HowTo change a lost Mac OS X root password w/o using the Installer DVD

Boot into single user mode and then:

% mount -uw / % nicl -raw /var/db/netinfo/local.nidb create /users/root passwd `openssl passwd newr00tpass` % reboot

The above will replace the root password in NetInfo with a standard 'crypt' style password. For good measure after rebooting reset it using an appropriate tool to a shadow password.

Sorry I can't give the direct URL... iwiring.net is strange and the long direct URL doesn't work for me.

Cheers,

Darrell

To reply, substitute .net for .invalid in address, i.e., darrell.usenet6 (at) †telus.net

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