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Nick012
Aug 13, 2007, 12:28 PM
My dad has a powermac G4 thats been sitting in the corner of his office for years because the guy that worked with it before left under something of a cloud and never told anybody the password. How can my dad get around not knowing the password? Can he just reinstall OSX?



G5power
Aug 13, 2007, 12:37 PM
No problem with gaining access.

Just follow the steps at:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh655.html

Basically just boot from the OS X disk and follow the steps at the above link.

Nick012
Aug 13, 2007, 01:02 PM
No problem with gaining access.

Just follow the steps at:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh655.html

Basically just boot from the OS X disk and follow the steps at the above link.

Tried this but it still doesn't let me in. Dunno why...

G5power
Aug 13, 2007, 01:11 PM
What point were you able to reach?

Could you boot from the CD?

Did you reach the Utilities > Reset Password option?

Eidorian
Aug 13, 2007, 01:14 PM
Is it an Open Firmware password?

Nick012
Aug 13, 2007, 01:47 PM
get to the reset password utility. Restart, eject the cd, try to login and it doesn't let me.

CanadaRAM
Aug 13, 2007, 01:55 PM
Do you need to preserve the data on the machine?

KD7IWP
Aug 13, 2007, 02:05 PM
I second what CanadaRAM said. If you don't need data on it you could easily wipe it and reinstall OSX

MacsRgr8
Aug 13, 2007, 02:05 PM
You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.

Nick012
Aug 13, 2007, 02:23 PM
You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.

Cheers man, you're a ledgend.

MorzillA
Aug 14, 2007, 04:01 PM
You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.


Does this reset/erase the data in the system!?

Aea
Aug 14, 2007, 04:03 PM
Does this reset/erase the data in the system!?

By the looks of the commands I'm certain it only changes the user password (in this case root) and doesn't do anything else.

MorzillA
Aug 14, 2007, 04:25 PM
By the looks of the commands I'm certain it only changes the user password (in this case root) and doesn't do anything else.

...................ahhhhhhh ok cool! now I know, and knowing is half the battle!

Thx, :):cool:

MacsRgr8
Aug 14, 2007, 05:27 PM
By the looks of the commands I'm certain it only changes the user password (in this case root) and doesn't do anything else.

Correct.

This "enables" the root account, and thus gives you full access to the HD and all its contents.

MorzillA
Aug 16, 2007, 10:18 AM
Correct.

This "enables" the root account, and thus gives you full access to the HD and all its contents.

ahhhhhhh NICE!!!!! try doing this on a PC and we are all screwed!:(

:apple: