Admin Password no longer works

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SwiftLives, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    So, I go to log into my account this morning on my iMac, and it tells me my password isn't valid.

    Unfortunately, my login is the admin account.

    At the moment, I have no access to my files, and cannot do anything that involves admin privleges, such as repairing permissions, etc.

    Oh, and I can't find my iMac instasllation disc. Or my Tiger disc.

    I'm pretty much boned until I do find them.

    Once I do find them, will I be able to reset my admin password without a valid admin password?

    My suspicion is that something got corrupted somewhere - possibly permissions. Anyone run into this before?

    Also I don't suspect anyone of changing the password, as the only two people with access are me and my wife. And my wife doesn't mess around with system prefs.


    iMac Intel Core2 Duo 2.33gHz - 24in. - the white one, not the aluminum one.
  2. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Is caps lock on? If it's a laptop check numlock as well.
  3. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    once you have found your restore cd's or tiger ( or even 10.5 on friday)

    you can reset your Admin account from the installer

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