Forgotten Passcode

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Miss Trust, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. Miss Trust macrumors newbie

    Miss Trust

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    I have forgotten my passcode and didn't write it down. Would anyone know if there is a way I could re-set my passcode?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    Can't you see if the password hint refreshes your memory? I think that 3 wrong entries with OS X and you get a password hint prompt.
     
  3. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The password hint didn't refresh my memory. This computer is nearly 10 years old and I am going to get a new one but I wanted to clean this out first. Darn !!
     
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    Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Miss Trust

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    Thanks John I will try it now.
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    John, that is for Maverick. I don't have Maverick. I have snow leopard.

    The following uses OS X version 10.9 (Mavericks) as the recovery methods can be different for earlier versions of OS X.
     
  5. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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  6. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Miss Trust

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    How does a 'stupid' like me, boot off Mr Brightside. I don't know what that means.

    Oh, I looked at the link, think I can do it, I'll try and let you know. Thanks
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    Can't do it. I got to the password part and pressed ok (thought I had it) but a sign came up and this is what it said:

    Password not saved
    The password you entered has not been saved to the user System Administaror (root)
    You may not have permission to edit this disc or a general failure has occured.
    OK
     
  7. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Here are the instruction for Snow Leopard: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-5381


    1: Reboot the computer and hold the command and s keys down to enter single user mode.

    You will need a wired/built in keyboard, a PC one will work, the Windows key is the command key.

    2: When you get control, type fsck -fy and press enter, it will take a bit to finish

    3: Next type mount -uw / (there is a space before and after -uw) this mounts the drive

    4: Next type ls /Users this will list the Users on the machine so you can get the name

    5: Next type passwd username (where username is the name of the account)

    6: Enter the new password twice, you won't see anything.

    7: Once inside, your going to have problems with Keychain.

    https://support.apple.com/kb/HT1631 https://support.apple.com/kb/TS1544
     
  8. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem solved, Yaaaaa. Thank you all very much. You were so helpful.

    Miss Trust
     

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