Help with Powerbook 165 password issues

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by evgret, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. evgret
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    I have a powerbook 165 that I haven't used in 12 years. Back then I accidently password protected it and cannot remember what the password is. (I don't know what I was thinking). Is there any way around this?? I don't care about the computer, but there are files that I wanted to retrieve.

    I'm sorry if i posted in the wrong section. This was my first visit. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. karenflower
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    Wow, 12 years! That's quite something. :) It's cool that it still works!

    As for the password, do you know if you used a program called 'At Ease'? If so, this thread might possibly be of some help: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=43440 (post #4 in particular)

    Good luck!
     
  3. teleromeo
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    possibly this is some extension that loads when you start up. Try to start up holding the shift key pressed, that disables the extensionss.
     
  4. evgret
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    Thanks for the tips...

    When I boot up regularly it starts up just fine (for a 14 year old machine), and the password screen appears.

    When I hold down the shift key it sounds as though it is booting up but then the screen stays light grey without anything on it at all. Am I perhaps doing it incorrectly?

    Should I press the start button and then quickly press the shift key down? Or press the shift key and then hit the power button? How long do I technically hold the shift key down for?

    I'm sorry these are such stupid, basic questions but I really want my files!

    Thanks again for the help!
     

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