Can you open them with this:
Password: [leave blank]
Yes, woo hoo! Do you know what's happening? I did not change anything. Do I need to change a setting?
Backup the file and then load it and go to File|Options and choose to have this file automatically login using the Admin account with a blank password. See if that works. This assumes logging in that way still works.
The files are already set this way and I'm still asked each time for a password. I'm confused...I didn't change anything...why would this just start to happen.
Do you have more than one file in your solution? It could be that a reference in file 1 is triggering file 2 to open and that you are being asked to enter a password for file 2. Thus, there may be another file in your system that needs this same adjustment.
all the files are connected via buttons with links. Again, all was good one day and the next it started asking for password for each file when i open them.
Just because they are connected via butons and links doesn't mean that they aren't trying to open in the background. I'd check the Show Window Submenu of the Window menu immediately after I get this dialog to be sure.
This files aren't located on a server and set up to use external authentication are they?
Not to sound like a broken record...all was fine a couple of days ago. Nothing is trying to open. I've been using these files since FM 3. That's almost 15 years. It's running local on my machine.
I don't understand why they would suddenly ask for a password when for the last 15 years they have not. And remember I changed nothing.
Could their be something on my machine? Coincidently, I'm having weird issues with CS4 as well. Photoshop, InDesign and DreamWeaver are also having funny thing happen.
"all was fine a couple of days ago."
That's why I asked about external authentication. Depending on your setup, that was something that some else could have changed without your knowledge (or a system update might have changed something), so I wanted to rule that out.
I'm not ignoring your report that "nothing was changed", it's just obvious on this end that something changed or you wouldn't see a change in behavior and we have to rule out all possibilities--including the possibility of an inadvertent change by you or someone else.
The fact that multiple applications are showing unexpected behavior is not a good sign. Can't say if that's a virus, or if you have issues due to hard drive trouble (hardware or disk format) or something else.
You might try moving your files to a different computer to see if they show the same behavior. If they do, you might run a recover on them to see if any problems get reported. If they work fine on a different machine, then you need to look at the machine to find out why.
Great suggestions. I'm going to move to a laptop and see what happens. The computer is less than 6 months old (i7 iMac with a terabyte drive) and hopefully the drive is good. I'm going to run a few tests and see if it's a virus.
I'm the only one using the files right now and it's running on only this computer.
I'll let you know what I discover.
I just remembered something. On Macs, theres a widgit that can remember passwords for you. Keychain I think?
I've read that this can be set up to automatically enter passwords when you open selected files.
Might this be a factor if this was somehow changed on your system?
Looked there first...even checked to see if the file had gotten corrupted. But, I wasn't using it in the first place...there's no record in Keychain for FileMaker. Good thought. I'll have to spend some time this weekend digging into this.