Date and time settings locked - need help

Tom Bodett

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I have a eMac with MAC OS X ver 10.3.9. I am not familar with Mac.
I am trying to open a quickbooks pro program with no luck because the date and time settings are showing 1/1/1970 5:11pm. When I go into preferences to change the date/time, it is locked and I do not know the name/password to unlock it. Is there any way around this lock function - maybe a master user name/password to help with these type situations.
Any help would be appreciated.
 

PlaceofDis

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well you need the admin name and pasword, which would have been set when the computer was first set up. :eek: :confused: :rolleyes:
 

Tom Bodett

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Need Help with Date and Time

I do not have that info, does Mac have a standard user name and password that will over ride the current settings?
 

PlaceofDis

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no. whoever set the computer up initially would have decided on the username and password for the admin account.

if you purchased this computer second hand perhaps contacting the seller for the information would be best.
 

Veldek

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Tom Bodett said:
I do not have that info, does Mac have a standard user name and password that will over ride the current settings?
I don't think so but you can reset the password somehow by booting from the OS X disc, IIRC, although I don't know the exact details of this procedure...
 

Tom Bodett

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date and time help

I repossed the computer and unfortunately the prior owner is no help.

I need to reset to recover back up data. I called Mac and they would not help me because they think I am trying to gain unauthorized access.

Any other ideas?
 

thworple

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as the man said - the admin name and password is set up when the machine is first set-up.

Look at it this way - at least your Mac will never age! ;)
 

Tom Bodett

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date and time help needed

Veldek said:
I don't think so but you can reset the password somehow by booting from the OS X disc, IIRC, although I don't know the exact details of this procedure...
who can I contact to find out these procedures?
 

Tom Bodett

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date and time help needed

thworple said:
as the man said - the admin name and password is set up when the machine is first set-up.

Look at it this way - at least your Mac will never age! ;)
Your right about that, but I am seeking another alternative. I can not reinstall the operating system and risk losing data that could be important to my investigation.
 

Tom Bodett

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date and time help needed

I appreciate all your input, the most interest response to over riding the date and time with the OS dics interests me. Any way to find out those procedures.
 

Oryan

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Tom Bodett said:
Your right about that, but I am seeking another alternative. I can not reinstall the operating system and risk losing data that could be important to my investigation.
Investigation? :confused:
 

Tom Bodett

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need help with date and time

It worked!
you all have saved by rear.
I appreciate your time
Tom Bodett