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Pasword recovery on eMac (10.4)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by a27, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. a27
    macrumors regular

    I got my hands on a few eMacs for cheap and I'm in the process of cleaning them up.
    I'm able to get into most of them but have no idea what the usernames or passwords are for the last one of them.

    I've tried these instructions but they don't seem to work.

    After I enter the fifth command, I get the large block cursor and it doesn't go away when I press enter.

    What do you feel?
  2. macrumors 68000


    You can start from an OS X install disk and select Password Reset Utility from the Utilities menu.
  3. a27
    macrumors regular

    I don't have the install disc(s).
  4. macrumors 68000


    It doesn't have to be the ones specific for the machine, or even that version of OS X, you can use any. If you don't have any at all, You'll need to pick one up from somewhere to be able to reset the password.
  5. a27
    macrumors regular

    So just boot the computer with the disc in?
  6. macrumors 68000


    When you start it up and you hear the startup chime, hold the C key until it shows you the gray Apple logo and spinning wheel.
    You can also hold the Option key when you hear the chime, and it will take you to a screen where you can choose which disk to start from. Either procedure will work.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    If you google "AppleSetupDone", there is also another method if you don't have either disc.
  8. MTI
    macrumors 65816

    Isnt' there a procedure, using Terminal at boot, to change the admin root pw without having the discs if you know the user id?

    It would be simple to discern the user name if the locked computers were attached via firewire to another unlocked computer and view the HD contents.
  9. a27
    macrumors regular

    Thank you.
    I did this and it worked.

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