Solving password input problem with Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard is supposed to be a slimmer and more stable version than Leopard. When it comes to default password input, Leopard is far better as Snow Leopard has a few drawbacks:

1. It cannot input password in languages other than English! Leopard did that just smoothly.

2. It does not have input language at password by default like Leopard. If you have tons of unsaved work and your screen is password protected, you are as good as a dead man.

3. Default Vietnamese input sucks, it does not work well in Apple’s own Safari and also on third party apps such as Chrome, TextMate, TextWrangler, etc.

There’s no guide or mentioning why such problems are still around and what’s ETA for fixes.

Today I’m solving only the issue with login dialog to avoid the issue with locked screen and you have lots of unsaved work and your boss is whistling:

1. Go the System Preferences

System Preferences - Accounts
System Preferences - Accounts

2. Select Accounts

3. Select Login Options

Select Login Options
Select Login Options

4. Unlock & input your password (please revert input to English first)

Input password
Input password

5. Tick the option “Show input menu in login window”

Tick the option "Show input in login window"
Tick the option "Show input menu in login window"

Lock the dialog to save the change. Now every time you login from locked screen, you will see language input on your top right hand corner. Change input to English and input your password. Let your Mac sleep and wake it up to test. No more hassle 😉 !

Installing Vietnamese Input on Mac (Leopard + Tiger)

One of my top priorities when installing a system is to make it home by installing Vietnamese input and fonts. There are a few options to install Vietnamese input. I got accustomed to Telex input style so I’ll cover it here. Screenshots were taken from Leopard but installing on Tiger is the same. Here are the steps:

  1. Download from Vietnamese-2.0.1.dmg (or any later version available) http://homepage.mac.com/herr/
  2. Do normal installation (see attached screenshots)
  3. Log out as shown on the screenshot
  4. Log in and go to System Preferences, Click on International
  5. And then choose the Right-most tab “Input Menu”
  6. Scroll down and find “Vietnamese Telex”, tick it
  7. Close the System Preferences
  8. From the menu bar, choose Vietnamese and enjoy typying:

Xin chào các bạn. Gõ tiếng Việt thật là thích phải không 😀 ?