bypassing GUI login with lost password

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jerseyjeff, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. jerseyjeff macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    Hi - some guy left his G4 powerbook at the company without the password after he quit. I have been trying to open it up without the pw, but so far have only limited luck. It is running OS X 10.3.9. Anyhow, I tried starting up in Apple Script, holding down command-s, and I am able to open the window. I can complete system startup but once the system is started, I don't get any further response. The closest I came is that I can open up the hard drive if I connect it to a host G5 of mine, and start up holding down T, and then I get the hard drive to appear on the host screen. I can open the hard drive, see the files etc, but I cannot get into system prefs and create a new account and make it the admin. I can see everything on there, but I don't see how to change access. I can boot up the host computer on the powerbooks HD but it still wants the password which I don't got. I want to be able to get in and change the pw from the current one so I can use this. Any ideas? Thanks. -jj:(
  2. srf4real macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    Put in Tiger dvd while hoding down 'C' key. That is, unless you need his data.:eek: oH, and by the way, that dude will be back for his apple.:mad: :D ;)
  3. jerseyjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    bypass login GUI

    I tried firing it up with the G5 install disk, but when the page opened I got a message that said "You can't install software on this machine" Of course I wasn't trying to install, I was just trying to boot it up. I thought because it was a G5 install disk, that was the problem, but I was told that should work. It doesn't. I also tried a 9.2 install disk and that didn't work either.
  4. jerseyjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    bypass GUI login

    I know I could just go out and by a new So Dimm and put that in, but I was trying to avoid losing all the data and also the expense.
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
    Boot from a retail Panther or Tiger disk and you can change the password. You don't need to reinstall, you can change the password without loosing data.
  6. jerseyjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Use the original disk(s), or a retail version, not the G5's disk(s).

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