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ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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Hi. I lost the install disk for my computer (Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger), and need to change my password (I forgot it :(). I can only access single user mode. Is there any way that I can create an Administrator-Status user in Single User Mode? (NOTE: The "root" user isn't really an option since I enabled it a while ago and it has the same password as my current user, which I forgot...).

Thanks,
ARDesigns

P.S.
I have already tried this tutorial:
http://www.macshadows.com/kb/index.php?title=Gain_Administrative_Control_of_Mac_OS_X
But could not get beyond the "sh etc/rc" part. I typed that in and it outputted a bunch of lines, then went to a blank, blue screen where all I could do was move my mouse :(. Maybe if someone could help me fix that problem, I could use the solution found in that tutorial? I'm not really sure though, I'm lost! Please help! Thanks again!
 

jcs1088

macrumors regular
Oct 12, 2007
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Las Vegas, NV
I'm on leopard, so I'm sure if this will work or not. You can create a new account and set it as admim. Or you could just delete you keychain and start a new one.
 

ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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Well the problem is I can't get on the computer! Single User Mode is all I've got...

Thanks,
ARDesigns
 

ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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Ehh...I'd rather do it myself than wait a few days in a line...

Thanks,
ARDesigns
 

Sky Blue

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Jan 8, 2005
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If you know the name of one user, try this.

Boot into single user mode. Substitute the youruser name below. Then continue with:

mount -uw /
nicl -raw /var/db/netinfo/local.nidb -merge /groups/admin users youruser

If you get a message saying "invalid path", then type these two commands first:

nicl -raw /var/db/netinfo/local.nidb -create /groups/admin gid 80


nicl -raw /var/db/netinfo/local.nidb -create /groups/admin passwd '*'

and then repeat the "nicl ... -merge" command. Then:

reboot

You will now be able to login as 'youruser' and have administrative privileges.
 

ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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No, I don't know the name :(! The login window isn't in list mode. Maybe I'm not doing this right, but I'm supposed to go into Single User Mode, and after typing fsck -y and mount -uaw , I'm supposed to type sh /etc/rc and then hit enter/return? When I do that there are some lines outputted, and then the screen just goes blue?!

Thanks!

~ARDesigns
 

ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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MacBook Pro, bought sometime last year. Mac OS X 10.4.9 Tiger.
I don't think that's very relevant though, is it?

Thanks,
ARDesigns
 

brand

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Oct 3, 2006
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Its hard for me to understand someone not knowing their password but I can comprehend it but how do you not know your own user name?
 

CarlosH

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Apr 9, 2008
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San Francisco, CA
MacBook Pro, bought sometime last year. Mac OS X 10.4.9 Tiger.
I don't think that's very relevant though, is it?

Thanks,
ARDesigns


It is relevant when someone doesn't even knows the users on his computer. :rolleyes:I may only imagine this if that computer was stolen and you are trying to access the data:mad:, but well, hope this is not the case.:)
 

ardesigns

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Mar 20, 2008
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Thanks for your blatant rudeness, and no, I have the receipt in my email, I can forward it to you if you'd like. I was repairing it.

~ARDesigns
 

CarlosH

macrumors member
Apr 9, 2008
76
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San Francisco, CA
Thanks for your blatant rudeness, and no, I have the receipt in my email, I can forward it to you if you'd like. I was repairing it.

~ARDesigns

Sorry man, you just got me on a wrong day. Like 2 days before that post, my new macbook pro was stolen from my car, it had merely 5 days since I bought it. Nice yours is not what I thought then. Good luck clearing the password. Still, that doesn't explain why you didn't remember your username...just kidding.:)
 

moonjoose

macrumors newbie
Feb 10, 2010
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Easy Fix

Not sure why people are jumping to the conclusion that you've stolen it. I just bought an old Mac on eBay that has come from a university and I have the same issue. I do have install disks, but I can't be bothered with all that, as this is easy to fix.

Boot into single user mode (Command + S on startup).
Type: sh /etc/rc

Now, if you don't know any usernames on the system, just type the following:

cd /Users
ls

Now you can look at the directory name, which will be the same as the username.

passwd username

Enter your new password.

shutdown -r now

Mac will reboot and you can now log in. Go to System Prefs and set up a new admin user account, or whatever you want.

Job done.
 
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