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Retriving a password

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by wiSeZo, May 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I bought an ibook at a garage sale. It's running perfect. But, when I download files off the internet, the files are locked. I went back to the place where I bought it but they MOVED ALREADY =\. Is there any way I can retrive a password and get admin on my ibook?
  2. Demi-God (Moderator emeritus)


    If you have the original cds, you can boot to it and there is a password reset program or something.
  3. 7on
    macrumors 601


    I'd also say reformat the hdd of any used computer you buy.
  4. macrumors newbie

    What if you don't have the cd's? Is there any other way I can format or reset the comp?
  5. macrumors 68030


    buy panther *cough cough*
  6. macrumors 65816


    note: this is for resetting the password...

    Reboot in single-user mode. (hold down cmd+s, while restart). at the screen, enter the command mount -uw /

    write Systemstarter.After some messages, it wd say system started. hit return, you wd again get teh shell prompt.

    write passwd user -- where user is the shortname of your user account. then it wd ask u to enter ur new password, twice. n u wont see what u r typing, so thats ok.

    write reboot, hit enter


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