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I'm hoping someone here can help me with this problem, as a google search as come up empty.

In anticipation of my upcoming vacation to south-east asia, I decided that taking my laptop along would allow me to pass the time on the 16 hour flight more easily. So I invoked File vault in the unfortunate circumstance that my laptop was stolen, I wouldn't have stay up at night wondering about where my personal information was floating around. It was working great until my battery ran out and the computer shut down inadvertantly.

When I startedup again and attempted to login (with the right password I should add) the computer denied me access, it asked me for my "master password" which I entered, and then reset the user password but it's now giving me a message to the effect "User cannot log in at this time.." Even though I've reset the password it still doesn't work. I really would like to get my files off if I have to reload Mac OS, but would like to try and fix it if possible. I'm on a powerbook running tiger.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I might need to do?? Is archiving my old files an option if I have to reload the OS? HELP, HELP!! :yikes:
 

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Does anyone have any suggestions on what I might need to do?? Is archiving my old files an option if I have to reload the OS? HELP, HELP!! :yikes:
Maybe MacDoc can come up with something encouraging. I do hope you backed up your user profile BEFORE you turned on File Vault. My main reason for strongly recommending against using FileVault is that recovery can be absolutely impossible.
 
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Maybe it's a time/date issue on the machine . . . have you tried resetting the PRAM and letting it boot up while plugged into a working network (it might try and re-sync the time).
 

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Maybe it's a time/date issue on the machine . . . have you tried resetting the PRAM and letting it boot up while plugged into a working network (it might try and re-sync the time).

Indeed it may have something to do with this.. my battery ran out and I couldn't find the adapter fast enough so the computer shut down inadvertantly, in the last few weeks whenever this happens it resets the date to July 1, 1969 or something to that effect. Is there a way for me to reset the date? Do I just have to clear the pram while plugged into my router?​

Thanks,
-Meera.​
 

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Indeed it may have something to do with this.. my battery ran out and I couldn't find the adapter fast enough so the computer shut down inadvertantly, in the last few weeks whenever this happens it resets the date to July 1, 1969 or something to that effect. Is there a way for me to reset the date? Do I just have to clear the pram while plugged into my router?​

Thanks,
-Meera.​
If you have another admin profile installed you can log in to that and adjust your date and time. I do not remember if the install disks will let you create a new profile or just change passwords. Changing passwords won't help as the sparse image is encrypted and needs the current password as a key.

Assuming you have Tiger installed your System Install disk does have Terminal which you can use to reset the Date. My memory as to the command line is hazy so will let someone else provide directions.

Booting your computer as a target and trying to open the sparse image from a computer that has the D&T set correctly will allow you to back up but will only work if the password is not corrupt. You will still need that password.

Good Luck.:rolleyes:
 

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Here's the command line to correct the date from the Terminal;

date 2007 07 06

That is for July 6, 2007. Don't worry about getting the time right at this point.

This is assuming you are booted from an install disk. If booted from an external drive you can just use the Date & Time sytem preference panel.
 

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Thanks for you help eMacman... I ended up just reloading the OS as I had already tried resetting the date to no end as it didn't help. Not a big issue, as most of my files were backuped on my Ipod. I'll never use file vault ever again. But are there any alternatives if I'd like to encrypt my hard drive?
 

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Not a big issue, as most of my files were backuped on my Ipod. I'll never use file vault ever again. But are there any alternatives if I'd like to encrypt my hard drive?
Glad to hear you were backed up.

There is an excellent alternative to FileVault. Use DiskUtility to create an encrypted read-write disk image. Be sure it is big enough to hold any files that you consider confidential. Then save those critical files to the disk image. Won't protect Mail files unless you Save As critical eMails to the disk image, but other than that it's a great alternative. Easy to back up; just copy the unmounted image file to your back-up media and maybe to an USB memory stick as well.
 
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