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When trying to log into iCloud from System Preferences, I'm told

[appleid] is already signed in to iCloud

To use this as your primary iCloud account, delete it from Mail, Contacts, and Calendars and sign in again.

However, I can't delete the account from Mail, Contacts and Calendars. When I go to that preference pane, I'm prompted for my iCloud password, after which I'm told the account isn't verified. Checking at shows that the account is verified. Requesting that another verification email be sent is met with the following error:

Couldn't request a new verification email because of a server error.

Any ideas how to delete the account from Mail, Contacts and Calendars? I've deleted all other mail accounts. Removed the mail folders and plist files from ~/Library/. Rebooted. Tried adding a different apple id. Tried everything I could find from Google that looked even close. No luck. Help!

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Quite a bit overboard, but reloading your computer would likely nail the computer part of the problem - if all else fails. More realistically, I would call Apple, and see if they can work through the Apple ID problem with you - especially since you can't get a confirmation email sent. It sounds more like an Apple ID problem then just your computer giving you trouble. – bassplayer7 May 13 '13 at 15:10
What happens when you go to the System Preferences pane of iCloud and click Sign Out? – Can Sürmeli May 17 '13 at 9:13
I can't sign out -- the button isn't available -- because I'm not signed in. When I try to sign in, I get the " already signed in..." message in the question. – highlycaffeinated May 17 '13 at 12:00

I had the same problem. Fixed it by turning off all sharing (the checkbox options on the right of the panel), THEN trying to delete again.

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