Mac OS X 10.4

Posted on 2011-03-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a mac that is acting weird.  My desktop is blank (i had stuf fon there), my applications are acting as if I had just installed them. I cannot see my files under my documents. i can see my home folder and all of the items in there but not on my desktop - looks like i am logged in usinga new profile. my entourage doesn't have my emaisl either, it prompted me to setup the new account.  

What is the easiest way to get everythign back to normal?
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Log back into your old account is the easiest option.
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Did you bind to a domain at all?
Link to a network account rather than your local - or vice versa?
Are you an admin on the local mac?
Sure no one re-images the computer while you were gone?
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It sounds like you have logged in to the wrong account. Pull down the Apple Menu to System Preferences and go to the Accounts preferences pane. Does it show more than one account? Are you logged in to the wrong one?
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Nope. Only one account. Nothing on desktop. No domain no reimage.  I can still the files through users
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have you checked finder preferences to make sure you haven't hidden everything on the desktop?

Has your computer crashed anytime before the problems started?

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I could see two folders: "geri" and "Rachel" - there is only one account on the computer called "Rachel".  Geri looks like the home folder (but desktop and documents are missing). All the documents are under "Rachel".  What I did was just move everything to the desktop/documents under "Geri".

What caused this? I had to re-register some adobe products, reconfigure filemaker, and reconfigure email (entourage) and point it to the right databased (moved from "rachel" to "gerri")
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sounds like someone else has added a new account of been messing with you computer.

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