So my 2012 iMac has been unusually cranky the past couple days and did not respond to the usual reboot I give when this happens, so I decided to reset the PRAM at the advice of many articles.
Everything seemed to go OK until I tried logging in. I know for a fact that I was using the correct username and password. But it would not log me in.
I logged in as the main user account and looked in Sys Pref --> Users and Groups and the user I always use was nowhere to be found. Luckily I keep that user's home directory on a drive separate from the the OS, so I didn't lose anything there.
As the main user (that I WAS able to log in with), I created a new account with the same name as my missing account and set the home directory the same one the previous one used.
When I restarted and logged in as my previous user (the one I use all the time), it worked this time, but I'm now getting all these dialog boxes saying XXXXX wants to se the "Local Items" key chain. My account password is not working (and I set it to the same thing it was previously) and now I can't access a bunch of apps such as safari and office.
I attempted to run First Aid from Disk Utility on all drives and partitions with all apps closed. Everything came back fine except for 1 partition on my 2-year-old 1TB HDD. It's the partition I store all my files (including home directory) on. The OS is installed on another partition on that drive. Here's the error screen
Anything else I should be trying?
Can anyone point me in the right direction for resetting this password... or syncing with my user account? Also, I don't know that the performance issues have cleared up either. Should I try resetting SCM and NVRAM?