Password problems - I'm an idiot!

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  1. java_bean79 macrumors newbie

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    Okay, here's my problem ...

    Last night I had a party so I decided to put a password lock on my system so no one would be able to start it up and goof around on it (my friends not being mac users find my system intriguing...)

    Anyway, in my attempt to be brilliant and lock them out (using the multiple user password "thingy") - I must have typed out what I thought I was making the password - and now cannot get into my system at all.

    This is why I am an idiot. I know.

    What I want to know is, is there any what to bybass the multiple user entry thing without actually have to do a clean install of the OS? Is there a way to find out what the password is?

    Any help that anyone could give me would be great. Please keep your giggles to yourself. :(
     
  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....can I assume you are using OS X and have it set to auto-login and switched the auto-login off? You can boot from the OS X install CD...in one of the menus you will see a re-set password option. There is a different procedure if you are using OS 9 and have multi-users enabled.....oh yeah!
     
  3. java_bean79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    How do you lock your system on OS X.

    Thanks Duff-Man is the best.

    DuffMan "Duffman is thrusting in the direction on the problem...oh yeah." :D

    Edit: Never mind now that I think about it t is a stupid question. :eek:
     
  5. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....okay, to recover/change the password in OS 9.x try this:
    1. Start up the computer from a volume other than the hard disk, such as the Mac OS 9 Installation CD.
    2. Open the Preferences folder inside the System folder.
    3. Find the item named Multi-User Prefs; and drag to the Trash.
    4. Empty the Trash.
    5. Restart the computer using the normal startup volume.
    6. Open the Multiple Users control panel. Choose the account to be change. In this example, change the owner account.
    7. Choose the owner account and click Open.
    8. Type in a new password (and name if desired). Close the window.
    9. Turn on multiple users accounts and close the Multiple Users control panel.
    10. Choose Logout from the Special menu.
    11. Log in with your new password.

    Give that a go.....oh yeah!
     
  6. java_bean79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    THANK YOU DUFF MAN!!!

    Thank you sooo much!

    That worked!

    :)
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    LOL, OS9 nice and secure then :eek: :p
     
  8. MP2 macrumors member

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    os x is just as bad..... if you havent enabled a root password through netinfo manager or filevault. many people don't even have an idea how to use, or what those do.
     

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