Can't login to my account!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jcafaro10, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. jcafaro10 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2008
    I'm new to macs. I forgot my root password which I needed to uninstall a program so I put in my OSX cd and went to the reset password tool. I reset the password for my user account as well as the root account. I gave them the same password and hit save. Then I rebooted and it asked me to login with my user account. The administrator account isn't there. I tried the new password (and I definitely typed it correctly) but it doesn't work. Now I can't login. What's going on?
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    Do you have a guest account? You can just access your accounts pane in the Guest Account and use the password to create the admin account.
  3. POSIXFTW macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2009
    Click Restart at the login window
    While the computer is restarting, hold down "Command-S" until you see text scrolling through the window. This boots the computer into single user mode.
    At the Localhost% prompt type:
    /sbin/mount -uw /
    You will then see various services starting up.

    When the Localhost% prompt reappears, type:
    passwd root
    It will then ask you to type the new root password twice, so do so.

    After entering the new password, type:
  4. jcafaro10 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2008
    I don't know if I have a guest account. When I used the cd, all that showed up was Administrator or my name when I went to reset password. When I try and login all that's there is my name. I don't understand why my password wouldn't work. It sort of seems silly to have a password resetter that doesn't work.

    I'll try the other suggestion

Share This Page