Can't enter password in Terminal! Aargh!

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  1. iChief macrumors member

    iChief

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    I am trying to uninstall Virex 7.5. I have got the Terminal uninstall command which opens Terminal. So far, so good. However, Terminal is asking me for my admin password but it's not allowing me to enter it. The cursor is not blinking it's just a solid black oblong - just bl**dy sitting there! Absolutely no response to any key except the enter key - then terminal helpfully says, 'Sorry, try again' What's going on? I just wanna get rid of Virex!!! :mad:

    Can anyone help, please? My iBook is working perfectly apart from this one annoyance. I'm using OS 10.3.9. Thanks.
     
  2. iindigo macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh yes I see where this is confusing - you see, the Terminal doesn't show *any* feedback of any type when you type in your password - Meaning that it will still look like this no matter what:

    Password:

    Don't worry, this is normal - just type it in anyway and hit enter. That should work...
     
  3. iChief thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks so much, iindigo. You are a life saver!!! You can tell I'm a Unix virgin because I didn't know what was going on. :eek: I thought I was going crazy! :rolleyes: Every other help site just kept repeating the fact that I should enter my password. Thanks again for the clear & concise instructions. :D
     
  4. blackshadow1998 macrumors newbie

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    Dude omg thx

    I was also having lots of trouble with this, as i like to use one line commands that include "sudo"

    since this required a password, your answer was extremely useful to me

    2 thumbs up to u man!
     
  5. Psychosmurf macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem

    I try and type my password in Terminal, and saw nothing, but having read this thread i soldiered on however, even though i know I am inputting the correct password all i get is a message over and over saying "Sorry, try again".... this is getting really annoying as I cannot find any way to fix it

    Many thanks

    Willz
     
  6. bpaluzzi macrumors 6502a

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    What user are you trying to authenticate as? The terminal root user is not the same as a machine administrator.
     
  7. RyanMacm macrumors member

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    i accidentally copy and pasted "sudo tmutil disable local" onto my terminal now whenever i place my password it says: "command not found" what do i do?
     
  8. Nikh macrumors regular

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    tmutil controls Time Machine, it doesn't do anything with passwords or so.
     
  9. RyanMacm macrumors member

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    So i don't have to worry about it ?but how do i restore it to its original factor? ;/
     
  10. Nikh macrumors regular

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    It depends on your needs, this command disable Time Machine local backups. If you need them - enable them back.
     

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