Locked out of g4 powerbook (password issue)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by EmStar, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. EmStar macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    This week my husband upgraded to a MacBook, so I have come into posession of his 15" G4 powerbook laptop. I've got a Blue iMac and a PowerPC G4 (looks like a little alien ship has landed) and have been using Macs exclusively since 1986....which is why I am really embarrassed to be telling you about what I did and asking you all for help...

    Yesterday I boot up the laptop and decided to Make The Laptop My Own. So I go into user accounts and change my name for his and change the password. Everything looks okay, I go out to the desktop and clear out his dock (I like a clear dock), log off, shut down and go off to work.

    I come home in the evening and...

    Can't get onto the computer. It won't accept my password. Or his. I get the wiggly screen.

    A bit baffled here. And I would be grafteful for any help.

    Thanks.

    Em.
     
  2. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Passwords are case sensitive. Make sure the caps lock is off.

    You can always reinstall the OS as a last resort.:(
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If you boot from the OSX discs, you can reset various passwords too. It's in one of the menus, but I forget which one. :)
     
  4. Nermal Moderator

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    I'm just going to hijack the thread slightly :)

    If you don't know any user passwords, and you don't know the firmware password (to boot from CD), are you screwed? This is just a hypothetical situation, I'm sure there are no firmware passwords involved here! :eek:
     
  5. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    OF or EFI passwords can be reset by a simple P-RAM zap i think.
    To boot from a CD you just need to hold "C" (as i'm sure you know ;)).

    Last resort is to take out the CMOS battery for a few days to make absolutely sure any passwords are gone (at least that's a workaround on generic PC BIOS passwords)

    To the OP,
    Try the cd to rest the password.
    Once you get in i would think it is a better idea to create a new user and delete the old one.

    Don't forget to set the master password to something you know/remember.

    Good luck
     
  6. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    ooHHHH... open firmware passwords are DANGEROUS... that is unless you have them tatooed on your butt or something. :D

    Just use the OS X install/restore CD to reset the password for the user account.
     
  7. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    I've managed to find the husband's packet of CDs and support information literature which describe what you all are saying about starting up from "c"...only, and get this, Disc 1 is missing....sigh...

    I've conducted a search through the home offices. No luck. Am I screwed here? I have 36 hours until my husband tells me to give up and takes it to be fixed by the service. I'd rather spend the $ on something like a mouse or a carrying case. Tell me there's still something I can do to crack the code...
     
  8. bigandy macrumors G3

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    You're saying its an OS password, because you're at the login screen, right?

    If so, you can:
    • Boot up using your OS X CD/DVD and change the password using the tool
    • Boot up using your husband's MacBook discs and do the same

    If you're more adventurous you can:
    • Boot up in single user mode and change the password
    •*Boot up in single user mode and enable the root account
    • Boot up in single user mode and create a new account with no password


    The procedure for each is pretty easy to find on the big wide interfish!
     
  9. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Couple of options that might work:

    1. Borrow an OSX Tiger disc from a friend? Not the install discs that came with the computer but a Retail version of Tiger. Boot from this CD

    2. Did your husband have a backup of the hard drive? If so you might be able to put the laptop in target disc mode, connect the PB to one of your other macs via firewire and reimage the drive.

    3. Did you make sure CAPS Lock or NUM lock wasn't pressed when you entered the password?

    For future reference you should always have at least a couple of admin accounts on each Mac. That way if something screwy happens, you have a better chance of getting in without a reinstall.
     
  10. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is what I get:

    Turn machine on: Login panel. My name. Type in my password. Jiggle. Type in his old password. Jiggle.

    Turn off machine. Just tried booting up with his MacBook CD, as suggested. Same scenario as above.

    Oh well. I think I'll just give up and let money fix it. We have a big event to go to in about an hour and then will be busy all Sunday, too. Thank you all for your time and care in explaining things.

    Em.
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Do you get to the Login screen when you boot form the MacBook discs? I think this means you're not actually booted from the discs. I'm not sure how the PPC/Intel thing will work, but make sure you're holding C from the moment you hit the power button to start 'er up. :)
     
  12. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am holding down "c" from even before I turn on the machine, and still I get the Login panel.

    Seems I'm up a creek.
     
  13. x86 macrumors regular

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    You can try holding the option key right after the 'chime'. This should give you the option to boot from your hard-drive or your DVD.
     
  14. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    See if you can get your hands on a PPC version of an OSX disc then. :)
     
  15. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    Or, if you're near a Mac shop, just carry it in. Most places will show you how to change your password for free.
     
  16. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I live in Turkey. the people in the Mac stores don't actually use the machines :)
     
  17. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I live in Turkey. the people in the Mac stores don't actually use the machines :)

    I've tried this:
    It just got me back to the log in screen.

    Here in Turkey I have never even met another Mac user outside of our family.
     
  18. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    k

    where abouts ın turkey are u ???
    ım ın aksaray could try help ya ????
    try target dısk mode and boot up from a ınstall dısk and then reset password
     
  19. EmStar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm in Besiktas.

    I've tried the install procedure. Several times. Now I'm going to try giving my machine to the service. I can't wait any longer! Must. Have. Mac.!!
     
  20. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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