Passworded Powermac G4....

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Nick012, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    My dad has a powermac G4 thats been sitting in the corner of his office for years because the guy that worked with it before left under something of a cloud and never told anybody the password. How can my dad get around not knowing the password? Can he just reinstall OSX?
     
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  4. macrumors 6502

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    What point were you able to reach?

    Could you boot from the CD?

    Did you reach the Utilities > Reset Password option?
     
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    Eidorian

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    get to the reset password utility. Restart, eject the cd, try to login and it doesn't let me.
     
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    CanadaRAM

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    Do you need to preserve the data on the machine?
     
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    KD7IWP

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    I second what CanadaRAM said. If you don't need data on it you could easily wipe it and reinstall OSX
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

    (Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
    Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
    Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
    Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
    Type and retype a <password of choice>
    Type "reboot"
    At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
    Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cheers man, you're a ledgend.
     
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    MorzillA

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    Does this reset/erase the data in the system!?
     
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    Aea

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    By the looks of the commands I'm certain it only changes the user password (in this case root) and doesn't do anything else.
     
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    MorzillA

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    ...................ahhhhhhh ok cool! now I know, and knowing is half the battle!

    Thx, :):cool:
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    Correct.

    This "enables" the root account, and thus gives you full access to the HD and all its contents.
     
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    MorzillA

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    ahhhhhhh NICE!!!!! try doing this on a PC and we are all screwed!:(

    :apple:
     

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