Grandfather can't remember his password

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DVDSP, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. DVDSP macrumors regular

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    My wife's grandfather can't remember is password. He recently decided to rejoin AOL (don't ask me why) but can't install their software for two reasons:

    1) His OS is out of date (He needs 10.4.8 and has 10.4.2) and

    2) without an Internet connection OR password he can't update the OS OR install AOL.

    I seem to remember there was a way to use the terminal to find his admin password. I could be very wrong.

    The only other solution I can this is to back up all his stuff (there isn't much), wipe his HD and reinstall Tiger from scratch. I brought his mini home with me so I have everything I need to do that, but I'd rather not.

    Any suggestions appreciated,
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I believe that if you boot from the install disks you can reset the password.
     
  3. DVDSP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup

    That worked, I've reset the password and am upgrading him to 10.4.11 now.

    Thanks,
     

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