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GregHelp!!!! New user files
by on Mar 14, 2007 at 5:07:48 pm

I bought a new batery for my 17" powerbook. Now all of the sudden I can't seem to open any mail files in MSN Hotmail. I've never had a problem before. I created a new user account on my mac, and hotmail works fine. The problem is all of my applications and files are on my Old User account.

How do I go about transferring all applications and settings to my new user account. Can someone walk me through the process? Thanks much.

Also is there a quick key stroke to switch betwen user accounts? Thanks so much!


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GranitWRe: Help!!!! New user files
by on Mar 15, 2007 at 7:41:48 am

I've never heard of a battery doing this. The only two things I can think of is you had your laptop plugged into a wall and replaced the battery while it was on or there was some electric pulse that hit the harddrive and corrupted it some how. You should try using something like TechTools or Onyx to check your hardware and software for problems.

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GregRe: Help!!!! New user files
by on Mar 15, 2007 at 2:22:17 pm

Yep...I had my new battery charging and my wife went an plugged it in to find something for a client. Everything seems fine except for hotmail. So I created a new user account, and everything seems good... I just wanted to know the best way of transferring all of my files, applications, and settings from my old user account to the new one. Any step by step directions would be helpful.


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GranitWRe: Help!!!! New user files
by on Mar 15, 2007 at 5:34:30 pm

There is no real simple or fast way of doing this, but here's away that I might do it.

1. (If root acount isn't enabled) Go to Applications > Utilities > NetInfo Manager. Go to Menubar > Security > Authenticate... Then go to to Menubar > Security > Enable Root. A window will come up asking for a new password for the root.

2. Log out. When you do there should be an account called 'Other...' Click on it and type the Root for the Name and the password that you chose. When you log in, you'll notice that the dock is filled with server utilities and other apps like Terminal. Your now in the GUI version of the Root account of UNIX.

3. Go to your old account and transfer everything over to your new account accept for the Library(This might have the error problem in it.)

4. After go to Old User account > Library > Preferences and selected every App preference. Make sure you don't grab a file for OS X. These normally start with 'com.apple.' and have a name of an OSX process like 'coregraphics' or 'dock'. If you have any apps made by Apple they also start with 'com.apple.' then the app's name, these you want to transfer. Then transfer all Preferences to your new account > Library > Preferences.

5. Go to your old account > Library > Application Support, drag all files in this folder to your new account.
Also transfer over files in 'Quicktime', 'Application enhancers', 'Fonts', 'iMovie', 'iTunes', 'Keychains, 'Mail'(This might be bugged), 'Plug-ins', 'Preference-Panes', 'Safari', and anything else that might have important data.

Conclusion: Hopefully this works!!

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zrb123Re: Help!!!! New user files
by on Mar 16, 2007 at 4:05:56 am

Don't move over the preferences I am willing to bet it is just a corrupt preference file for the mail program or the program used open them.



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GranitWRe: Help!!!! New user files
by on Mar 16, 2007 at 7:15:28 am

I was thinking that, but normally the corruption happens in the Mac OS X preferences. I forgot to say that you shouldn't bring over the Mail Preference(Although most corrupted App files are in the main library, like Library > Mail). With out move some of the Preferences over you could lose some data or have a hard time reseting all the software back to how you like it. Also their is software that puts the registration and serial info in the Prefs for some stupid reason. Thanks for the reply, I forgot about com.apple.mail.plist file.

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