Help: My Mac Doesn't Rec Admi PW!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 512ke, May 8, 2006.

  1. 512ke macrumors 6502a

    512ke

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    I was using my iBook yesterday (Sunday) without any problems, as usual.

    I put it to sleep with MS Word open.

    The only recent program I added was a widget to see live webcams in Times Square I found on Apple's site.

    This morning, my iBook won't recognize my usual admin password as authentic.

    It won't let me log as the admin in either at startup or during user switching or from the user accounts pref pane.

    I'm running 10.4.6 (and have been for some time without problems).

    Anybody have any insight? I'm at a loss. I don't have Applecare, so...

    Help!

    Thanks,

    512ke
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

    eva01

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    boot from install DVD and reset admin password

    that should make it work again
     
  3. 512ke thread starter macrumors 6502a

    512ke

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    I deserve the problems I'm getting. For the only time ever in my long history of using computers, I used my cohort's copy of Tiger to install.

    I don't own the install DVD.

    Do you think it will work if I swing by the Apple Store and buy another copy? Or does it have to be the exact same DVD I used to install?

    Thanks!

    512ke
     
  4. eva01 macrumors 601

    eva01

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    was it a copy that was associated with a specific kind of computer or was it retail Tiger edition?

    And yes for stealing you are getting exactly what you deserve.

    Go buy a copy of Tiger and try it.
     
  5. 512ke thread starter macrumors 6502a

    512ke

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    It was a retail version of Tiger.

    So... I'll go buy it (and forevermore buy)... and then start up the install disc w/ the control key?
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hold down C to boot from CD/DVD if the CD/DVD is in the drive..
     
  7. emw macrumors G4

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    Are you sure it isn't something silly, such as the caps lock key being pressed? It seems almost inconceivable that your password suddenly just "won't work".

    Could someone have gained access to the PB and changed it on you as a joke?

    In either case, you need to buy your own copy, not just because it's the right thing to do, but so you have the DVD even if this is a simple solution.
     
  8. 512ke thread starter macrumors 6502a

    512ke

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    It's not the caps lock. I've tried it with and without caps lock.

    I thought that maybe somebody at work changed it to be annoying.

    However, then I remembered that I used the computer at home on Sunday, and this problem showed up on Monday morning.

    The password just isn't recognized as being valid.

    And here's the weirdest part: after a few tries, I get prompted with the clue to my password that I provided myself.

    My clue is right. My password isn't.

    Haven't had time to swing by the Apple Store and buy my copy of Tiger yet.

    Thanks for the help and suggestions,

    512ke
     

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