HELP! OS 9 start-up

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  1. zspeed macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I just got my G4 desktop back after letting my sister borrow it for a year or so.

    The computer was running in OS 9. When I changed the startup disc to OS X, the password screen came up and I forgot my old OS X password. I can't get past the log in screen after start up, and restarting just brings me back to the start up screen.

    Here is the catch. I don't have any of my original discs on me, and I don't even know where they are at the moment.

    If I can get back to OS 9 my computer will at least be functional.


    What to do?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Try holding down the option key as you boot, this should let you choose a startup disk.
     
  3. zspeed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried

    Tried it.

    When I hold down option, I get to the startup disc screen.

    There is a pictuere of a hard drive with an OS X symbol. There are two arrow buttons on either side of the picture. The arrow button on the left is shaped in a circle, and when I push it, the osx hard drive dissapears for a second, but then returns. The arrow button on the right points to the right, and when I push that, I boot up in OS X.

    Any clues?

    Thanks
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i've never been able to get the option-key trick to work.

    if you can get ahold of an osx install CD, there's a way to reset root password w/ that (hold down 'c' key on startup, obviously).

    or if you've got a CD w/ os9 on it (install CD, repair CD), boot from it and reset the startup disk to os9.
     
  5. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    There is a way to reset the password from Single User Mode but unless you are really, REALLY, REALLY familiar with using the terminal and unix in general I won't even give you the link explaining how.
     
  6. TEG macrumors 604

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    First of all... The Option trick only works if the OSes are on different volumes.

    2nd, try holding down "9" It works for me when I start-up or restart and don't want to perminately change start-up disks.

    3rd, if those don't work, find a friend with OS9 or check out your local school and talk with the Network Administrator. They may require you to bring in the machine, but they will usually let you use a start-up CD when you are in dire need.

    TEG
     
  7. zspeed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still no luck

    The "9" trick didn't work.

    Here's the other kick in the ass.

    I can't get my cd drive to open either. So even if I could get my hands on a start up disc, I don't know if I could get it in my computer.

    Another question.

    I do have a startup disc set, os9 and osx, for an ibook. Will those do me any good.

    Thanks.
     
  8. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Re: Still no luck

    It's the same system install disks for all Macs. The only difference is the additional software install disks that come with consumer Macs as opposed to professional Macs.

    Try holding down the mouse button as the computer starts up. It should force the computer to eject the cd tray.
     
  9. zspeed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks, it finally worked. Got the cd tray open and used the Ibook os9 cd to get it going.

    Now another question. I tried to just reinstall OSX using the ibook cd thinking that osX would start anew and erase the old password. It didn't. The same user name popped up after the whole reinstillation.

    Is there any way to get rid of the old osX and get a new password?

    Thanks
     
  10. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Re: Thanks

    Yes do a true reinstall. When you chose reinstall you chose the option to copy over old settings. If you hadn't then you would have had to set up a new user account on startup. Just do the install again and this time make sure that anything that says copy settings over is not selected. You will still have all your data on the drive but a new system folder will be installed and the old system folder will be renamed.
     
  11. amnesiac1984 macrumors 6502a

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    woah woah woah hold your horses, you don't need ot reinstall again.


    You can just reset your password by going to password utility in the menu while started up on the OS X CD
     
  12. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Ah, you caught me. In a moment of weakness I forgot that option. I was originally thinking about that option when he first posted but at that time he didn't have the install CD. After he did get the install CD my mind had progressed on to other ways of doing it.

    Good catch.
     
  13. amnesiac1984 macrumors 6502a

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    Never mind, although he's probably too late, I bet he's erased all his data and reinstalled, he he :D

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Well that is one thing I was trying to point out in my post that he didn't have to erase all his data. Reinstalling with either the copy or no copy prefs option will not lose any data.
     

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