iBook keeps restoring to default every shutdown

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    HELP with iBook keeps restoring to default every shutdown

    Hi. I'm really new with Mac so i thought i'd use an iBook first just to get a feel of how a Mac behaves. All went well and I have this Mac-trouble just last night.

    I plugged in the power adapter ( as i usually do if at home) after turning it on i was dumbfounded that "ALL" the customization that i placed from wallpaper, hot corners, alias, magnification on the dock, even iTunes! were utterly being set back to default! I almost banged my head on the keyboard..(I spend a lot of time on the iTunes editing)

    So, I thought everything was wiped out of the harddrive...i immediately checked hard drive contents..luckily everything was there (basically pretty much what i need most is still there). I tried putting them back together and after a few hours of desperate futile attempt to restore the customization and adding songs back to iTunes. I finally plugged in my smartbro to connect to the net, and it showed that i need to re-install the smartbro application even if "smartbro application was already inside"... so being a newbie, i just re-installed it and after completely installing smartbro it prompted to restart. I clicked restart and AGAIN it restored to default!

    I'm thinking if its software related or it's just that i'm techincally mac-challenged user or both... i'm thinking of sending iBook to the nearest APPLE CENTER...but will check this thread later if anybody can help me out on this mess..(one reason i got a mac coz of the helpful guys in this site)

    Thanks Philmuggers!
     
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    What kind of iBook do you have: the G3 or G4 model? I suggest putting the iBook to sleep first. If nothing happens (i.e. iBook does not return to default), then the battery may need replacement.

    For peace of mind, I recommend bringing your iBook to Ynzal.
     
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    it's the iBook G3. The battery's working well but I will give it a try to put it to sleep. Putting it to sleep the last time it didn't wake after opening the display. So I just shut it down. Would Apple still fix older mac models?
     
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    By the way I can't go to Ynzal, I'm Cebu based. I will try to wait for a few replies from this post, hopefully somebody whose using iBook before could comment on this.
     
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    is it possible you are booting up/using a guest account? a guest account reboots to default settings every time. if not using a guest account, try this:

    try making a new admin account, customize it, make it the default log-in, then reboot. If the customizations stay, then your previous user account is flawed/setup abnormally. Use the new account from now on.

    HTH :)
     
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    Yes maybe that caused it. The Admin account, i clicked "get info" on the Home icon and renamed it. Hope this works. Thanks!

    any other suggestion guys? it would really help.
     
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    Yep, I did renamed the home icon last night (of course now I know that renaming it was the culprit! ;) )
    1. Now I know that's why it always restored to default everytime i open.
    2. That it saves a file folder for everytime i log-in ( I checked in the main drive--they're now a happy series of name with numbers which corresponds to the times i restarted or shutdown iBook.:cool:
    3. i've just discovered the new joy of allowing a multiple user account and me as their admin...(hmm, told you guys i'm technically challenged ;) that's why i prefer just borrowing computers than owning one..:cool:
    4. Thanks to those who contributed to this harrowing yet fulfilling educational eandevor of mine... 1 trouble down 100 more to go to be proficient (i guess :rolleyes: )

    By the way, would it be alright if I just delete those multiple users folders that I've consumed due to the default trouble?
    ;)
     
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    @quasar @Macdrive007 --Thanks to you guys!!!
     
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    if you delete them, you will lose whatever data you might need (if ever there is) from them. Better copy first whatever you need, then delete them. For adding/deleting/changing/renaming user accounts in the future, go to: System Preferences>Accounts>Click the lock to make changes>(enter password if needed)>+(add acount) -(delete account) etc
     

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