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Sunday, February 11, 2024

iMac predominant/admin account will not log in (iMac mid 2011, Excessive Sierra)

So I am at a loss with my Imac which instantly would not log in and I actually actually do not wish to lose all the data I’ve on there. I’ve tried to be as detailed as potential however might need forgotten some issues, so ask away if there’s one thing lacking and so on. Additionally, I did do a minor back-up a couple of months earlier than on probably the most important issues however removed from every part and with out the newest recordsdata.

When I attempt to log in to my predominant (admin) account the pc will get caught solely exhibiting the account title and film, with a wheel that will not cease turning. At first the wheel freezes and a spinning seaside ball seems for a couple of seconds earlier than disappearing once more, while the opposite wheel continues. Then it stays like that. At most I had the pc on for weeks (forgot to show it off after I attempted one thing) and when it woke, it nonetheless spun.

Pc data:
Mid 2011 iMac with Excessive Sierra 10.13.6, 16gb RAM, 1tb HDD

I moved six months in the past and once I plugged the pc again in one thing was off. First it was actually gradual after which it began performing up, solely exhibiting questionmarks within the standing bar. In the identical time I added one other account for my girlfriend (I am fairly assured the issue had began earlier than that however I am not solely positive) and earlier than lengthy the issue was as continues to be. Notice: when transferring I had it packed down within the unique field so it ought to’ve been protected, and I carried it from one residence to a different (simply 30 meters or so) so I do not see the way it may’ve been broken from that.

What I will do:
So far as I can see my girlfriends account works with none issues

My analysis up to now:
So having googled this for six months now I’ve A) discovered folks with comparable issues (although no (working) options), and B) ran out of key phrases. A lot of folks which describe an identical drawback appeared to have it attributable to both defective startup objects or defective {hardware}. Since I am unable to log in, not even in protected mode, I am unable to disable the startup objects (I attempted to log in while urgent down the shift-key however that did not work) and a {hardware}/onerous drive evaluation says every part’s nice.

What I’ve tried:

  • {Hardware} test which got here up empty, saying every part was alright
  • HDD scan which got here up empty
  • Resetting PRAM/NVRAM and SMC
  • Protected mode which managed to get me inside at first however then froze. Now I am unable to even log on this manner.
  • Login with out begin objects (login in while urgent shift-key)
  • Reinstalling the OS (twice) which did nothing (really it was after that protected mode stopped working (not that it was actually working earlier than))
  • Disconnected all peripherals/tried with one other mouse+keyboard (for no cause in any respect actually)
  • Talked with the apple help which amazingly not solely gave help for a quickly to be 12-year outdated, however did so for fairly a while. They instructed reinstalling the OS, which as talked about didn’t work
  • Replace: altering the password did not work

What to do subsequent:
Sure, precisely, what do I do subsequent? Some other potential options? Can I attain my recordsdata by the opposite account someway (the help advised me no however certainly there have to be a manner with one other admin account and the password?), maybe by the terminal. or perhaps flip off the startup objects from there? Set up an earlier OS (mine is the newest for that mannequin)?

Replace: This thread describes a really comparable drawback and factors out icloud (no less than by one particular person) as a possible instigator, one thing I had points with (could not log in/out and it saved telling me to take action for about six months(!)). Anyway, the instructed resolution(s) aren’t potential in the way in which that they recommend and as I perceive it it is not potential to alter the UUID from Excessive Sierra and onwards and it is not potential to sign off/change the apple ID from outdoors an account?


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