Can't login to my account!

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

  1. jcafaro10 macrumors member

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    Mar 13, 2008
    #1
    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

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    MI
    #2
    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

    POSIXFTW

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    Jun 22, 2009
    #3
    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 /
    /sbin/SystemStarter
    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:
    reboot
     
  4. jcafaro10 thread starter macrumors member

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    Mar 13, 2008
    #4
    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
     

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