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That is correct. I cannot get past the sign-on page. It indicates my user name and asks for the password, but it won't accept any of the passwords I have previously used. Before I re-installed the OSX disks, I tried to change the password. The hint comes up and I try that password ***** it still won't work.
Mike, thanks for the suggestion. I will not be able to try it until I get home after work at around 4:30 p.m. I will contact you from there if it works, and from work in the morning if it doesn't. Incidentally, I have not upgraded anything on my imac since I purchased it in 2007.
Mike, I misunderstood what you meant about updates. I have updated system updates as they came along. I just didn't upgrade my system. I tried what you suggested yesterday. It still did not work. It would not take any of my passwords and simply said "you are unable to log in to the user account "barbara bole" at this time. Even the hint did not help. I knew what I had changed the password ***** but it didn't work either.
Mike, I put in the install disk like you suggested and pressed the "c" key, but it took me directly to the login page. US was already selected and there were no other fields that I could enter information into except for the password ***** I actually have 3 disks and I tried all three. I have disks 1 & 2 marked "For Mac Computers" "Mac OSX Install Disk #1 and "Mac OSX Install Disk #2. I also have 1 disk that I ordered online marked "MAC OSX Tiger, Includes Xcode 2, install DVD". The copyright on this one is 2005 Apple Computer, Inc. None of the disks took me anywhere past the login screen. I could only go back one page to "sleep", "restart" or "shut down" and clicking on any of these returned me to the login screen.
Mike, I tried the Tiger disk like you suggested and pressed the C key until the apple logo came on, but it still did not work. All I get is the log-in page.
Mike, I haven't been able to try the steps you suggested yesterday, as I don't know the keystroke equivilents on my keyboard. I dug out my old Apple keyboard, but still couldn't tell which keys to press. I printed some information this morning at work about the function of the keys and will try it when I get home for the weekend. I'm sorry. I can't do this quickly, as the mac is at home and I can only use the pc at work. I work for the government and they try all kinds of ways to prevent us from accessing non-work related subjects. I was told there were diagnostic problems, but they couldn't identify anything specific. I found a way to go through my favorites file and located your stream, thank goodness, but I won't be able to try this until I get home.