How can I get control of my mac back.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by zodiac, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. zodiac macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2004
    Canadia States of America
    A really big douchebag of a "friend" deleted everything on my eMac with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and changed the passwords.

    She won't tell me the password and I have no idea how to get my mac back.

    Is there any way I can get the password? I'm not gonna get it from her.

    She also stole my mac os x install cds.:mad:
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    If they deleted everything off your system then you can reinstall everything from scratch without worrying. Since they took the discs you either have to get them back or upgrade to Tiger. You have to have those discs to reset the password too, so you're pretty hosed without them.
  3. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Did she move away? You could just make her give the discs back...or the password. I dunno if this is valid or not (hey, what do I know?) but maybe you could report it to somebody or get a friend, sans quotes, to loan you some install discs?

    Otherwise, go down to an Apple Store (if there's one nearby) and either buy Tiger or see if they'll let you install Panther with their discs (I'm sure they'd have some lying around).

    Good luck!
  4. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    As mentioned above, you are pretty much stuck without those install disks. I would personally kill a friends in their sleep if they did this to me, literally. If you can't get the discs back, call the police! She stole from you.
  5. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Some friend...I hope you learned not to let people play with your Mac!
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Ugh... are you kidding me? Call the police and press charges for theft, or take her to small claims court. What was on her mind?
  7. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2005
    Might i suggest this

    In all seriousness one phone call from the police is all it will take to get the back, of not press charges, does she want a criminal record. Or perhaps let her know you are prepared to do this, what is worth more to her;)
  8. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    :confused: Did she pass elementary school yet? Cause that's the most immature thing I've ever heard. That sucks man. Threaten her, threats are always a good thing with immature people.
  9. zodiac thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2004
    Canadia States of America
    I'm not gonna start something and call the cops. I just need a way to get the admin password.

    Is there anything I can do in Single User Mode?

    anything illegal?
  10. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

    Nov 24, 2005
    New Zealand
    Sadly not without the discs :(
  11. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    What's the deal about calling the cops? You've got a right to your own disks. Just threaten her with the police; hopefully that'll be enough.

    Heck, she erased all your personal files. Fresh install or not, you won't be getting those back. So I wouldn't worry about "starting something". Lean on her.
  12. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    You need another FireWire-capable Macintosh but you can boot up in target disk mode and sneak in via a FireWire cable.

    I've done this to hack into a Mac for which I didn't have the login p/w.
  13. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    They can be recovered.
  14. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    Shoot her in the arm and dig your thumb into the wound. Say something hardcore-badass as she cries out in pain.

    Jack Bauer knows how to get **** done.

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  15. Jesus macrumors 6502

    Hold down C while starting up your computer, and that will allow you to change the administrator password :cool: .

    Also, take her to court, or report her to the police. ;)

    Edit, sorry, C doesn't work without the startup disks, i'll research a bit more and get back to you.

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