Just bought an iMac and original owner won't give me PW for Admin

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  1. Bali Cockfight macrumors regular

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    I just bought an iMac 800 mhz only the original owner won't give me the password to the admin or master password. I can't install applications and the other side is taking up over 65 GB of hard drive space. How do I get into the locked side of my new computer? Thanks!
     
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  3. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Get an install cd for the OS that it's running and restart from it. Once it boots from the installer disk, you can use the password reset function to change all of the passwords on the machine
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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  5. Bali Cockfight thread starter macrumors regular

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    probably because it is porn he didn't delete before he sold it to me
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Ummm.... probably because the original owner is a dumb$#!& and didn't reformat the drive before selling the computer? And doesn't want Bali to have access to all his personal stuff... just a guess, mind you. ;)
     
  7. Bali Cockfight thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't have the original Install cd. Can I buy one or borrow one?
     
  8. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    You could do either to reset the password, but I highly recommend buying one so you can use it down the road also. Which version of OS X is it running? You can find any of the older ones very cheaply on ebay.
     
  9. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816

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    Any OSX Install CD will work (Tiger, Panther... etc)

    - Doc
     
  10. Bali Cockfight thread starter macrumors regular

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    10.3.9
     
  11. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    Or you could hold Cmd+S to boot in single-user mode, then fsck and mount the root partition and delete... hmm... what is that file? There's a file somewhere in the fs that checkmarks (basically) whether or not the master account has been created or not. It appears after you do the yippieskippee Mac OS X Personalizing Wizard thing. Anyway, if you delete that, you can create a brand new admin account.

    Either way, it'd be sweet for you to burn this guy DVDs of the **** he had on the computer. "Did you forget this?" Just because he's a ****ing dick.
     
  12. Bali Cockfight thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can't wait!
     
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    i wonder if he really bought it off someone. :rolleyes: seems rather strange behavior that the old owner wouldnt give you the password.
     
  15. cjc343 macrumors 6502

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    I've never had reason to try this but one possible solution might be to use passwd [account name] while in single user mode. (Apple + S at startup)

    If that doesn't work, someone above suggested something with fdisk. If I remember correctly they're referring to this:

    At the prompt:
    /sbin/fsck -fy

    /sbin/mount -uw /

    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

    reboot



    That should launch the "Welcome to Mac OS X" Screen at startup, and let you create a new admin account without removing the old accounts.
     
  16. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    Why do some people get on such a high horse about newbs who ask questions that others have asked. There have to be a zillion threads on "ibook vs. pbook" or "imac vs powermac" or whatever, nobody ever gives those folks a hard time about doing a search...what makes these kinds of questions different?
     
  17. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    sure they do. starting a new thread just wastes space on the forum.
     
  18. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think I'm on a very high horse. I answered the question and then pointed out, in a nice way I might add, that it's a good idea to search before posting new threads, since they are a waste of space, as buryyourbrideau points out.

    And I've, more or less, given up on the iBook vs PowerBook or the related screen size threads. I haven't seen any iMac vs Power Mac threads lately, though... :)

    And even your post has been answered before, in the Reposts and reprimands-thread... :p :D
     
  19. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I've done the same thing Mitthrawnuruodo and been ripped for it. I don't think pointing out a search is inappropriate. Certain questions have been answered repeatedly, like Virtual PC questions, password protecting a folder, etc. I never just say "search you idiot", or anything like that. I often link to the appropriate threads, answer the question and suggest a search or something similar, yet I've been taken to task for it. Makes you want to just pass over the thread all together and ignore, but that doesn't help either.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  20. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    Why dont we just ban people from EVER asking questions .. and turn this into a read only forum to keep people like you happy.
     
  21. macdon401 macrumors 6502

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    Same old question??????

    I have to point this out... I posted an address for a widget called Widget for Newbies, which answered all or most of these questions that are asked here over and over again, I thought I was helping out , thinking if I had a quick answer widget and was new to OSX that it would be great!!!
    Well that thread got TWO relpies, one smart ass_d and one correcring me!
    So much for trying to help this forum out !!!!!!
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  22. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry, I think that was me. :eek:

    I wasn't trying to be smart, I thought the widget was a front page to a forum like the MacRumors widget is and I was just asking about how good that other forum was. My bad. Sorry. :eek:
     
  23. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    i bought a ibook that had the password still on it once idk why
    lol
    but using the cd worked for me
    hope you dont find anything bad in that locked mac
     
  24. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I think we should ban all newbies and make MR an exclusive club for the 250 or so regular posters.
     
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    I vote for that too
     

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