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B. Troubleshooting > Problems That Aren’t Problems

Problems That Aren’t Problems

Before you panic, accept the possibility that whatever is frustrating you is a Mac OS X difference, not a Mac OS X problem. Plenty of “problems” turn out simply to be quirks of the way Mac OS X works. For example:

  • My System Preferences controls are dimmed. As noted in Chapter 9, many of Mac OS X’s control panels are off-limits to Standard account holders. Even if you’re an Administrator, in fact, Tiger requires you to unlock System Preferences the first time you open it (by clicking the padlock icon at the lower-left corner of System Preferences and then entering your password).

  • I can’t log in! I’m in an endless login loop! If the standard Login screen never seems to appear—and you go straight into someone else’s account every time—it’s because somebody has turned on the automatic login feature described in Setting Up the Login Process.


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