PW Problem With Old Emac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Simpyd, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2012
    Hi Guys
    I was given a old emac awhile ago, I just had the time to play with it but it asks for a pw for log in screen, and there's only 1 account.. The system was used at a school many years ago. I only got a emac for keyboard or anything was wonder how can I go about resetting the pw or logging in.. Only thing i was told was that it was rubbing 10.3.5 or something... New to mac's.
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2012
    You need the system install disks. Boot from the install disk and do fresh clean and install
  3. macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2012
    Somewhere Else
    this is a way to fix it without disks...

    open single user mode (command +s)
    mount the drive ( in that version it should tell you right there)
    type in this EXACTLY

    rm /var/db/.applesetupdone

    this makes the machine think it is new and gives you the setup screen.

    i have done this in 10.2, 10.4, and 10.6 so it seems to be universal.

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