Mac OS X forum: Missing Users from Login Dialog

by: louperez--2008 November 16, 2010 11:57 AM PST

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Missing Users from Login Dialog

by louperez--2008 - 11/16/10 11:57 AM

Ok here's an odd one. Using my Core2 iMac with no issues after updated to 10.6.5 (Combo Update). Last nite, I logout only to see the Logon Window come up no longer showing any users .. just "Other"? I don't even have "Other" enabled in my Login Preferences?

Making matters worse, no username/password I specify is accepted meaning I cannot logon to the machine. So I do the following:

- Boot to an external startup drive
- run Disk Utility
- the Internal HD does NOT appear on the desktop but does appear in Disk Utility
- Run Repair Disk and Repair Permissions which both make repairs.

Reboot to Internal HD. Still only the "Other" user appears. I haven't had time to do it yet but was going to try booting in Target Disk mode to see if I can access the internal HD.

If not I guess I can just do a clean install and recover from my Time Machine backups. Anyone else seeing this issue? Any other ideas?

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