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Leareth
Feb 20, 2010, 07:32 PM
Please help me I am at wits end

I inherited a G5 from a colleague who left the department
however i was not given a firmware password
so now I cannot re-install the OS OR work in terminal
I have tried the remove RAM and then reset PRAM
I have TRIED booting off disk but that is locked
I have tried replacing HD with new one but cannot boot off disk to install onto it.

Please what is left for me to try to get this working.
and no the person is not available to just tell me what password is, they left months ago.



lemonade-maker
Feb 20, 2010, 07:46 PM
Please help me I am at wits end

I inherited a G5 from a colleague who left the department
however i was not given a firmware password
so now I cannot re-install the OS OR work in terminal
I have tried the remove RAM and then reset PRAM
I have TRIED booting off disk but that is locked
I have tried replacing HD with new one but cannot boot off disk to install onto it.

Please what is left for me to try to get this working.
and no the person is not available to just tell me what password is, they left months ago.

To reset root pw:
in terminal type:

sudo -s

enter your password
then type:

passwd

enter new root password

not sure why you are unable to boot from install disk. It should work.

Leareth
Feb 20, 2010, 07:59 PM
To reset root pw:
in terminal type:

sudo -s

enter your password
then type:

passwd

enter new root password

not sure why you are unable to boot from install disk. It should work.

problem is I do NOT have the password it was set to.

lemonade-maker
Feb 20, 2010, 08:05 PM
problem is I do NOT have the password it was set to.

You don't need the root password.

If you don't know the current user's password, reset it in the accounts system preference.

For this method to work, the account must be an admin account.

Leareth
Feb 20, 2010, 08:07 PM
Ahh Sorry I made mistake in title

is the FIRMWARE password that I need changed/reset

the root is fine that part I got.

how can I change that in the title ?

lemonade-maker
Feb 20, 2010, 08:13 PM
Ahh Sorry I made mistake in title

is the FIRMWARE password that I need changed/reset

the root is fine that part I got.

how can I change that in the title ?

Ahh that makes more sense. This might help:
http://www.securemac.com/openfirmwarepasswordprotection.php

Leareth
Feb 20, 2010, 11:48 PM
Ahh that makes more sense. This might help:
http://www.securemac.com/openfirmwarepasswordprotection.php
Thank you.
Ok I downloaded that
tried it
and it did not find any password :(

sooo now the question is what is preventing me from booting of CD, install new OS or working installing new apps....