Help! Macbook asking for PO's password?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ode2joy, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. ode2joy macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I can't log in! I've been having a kernel panic issue on my older white Macbook, 10.7 Lion. It has been repeatedly giving me a 'you need to restart your computer message'. I have uninstalled the only recent things I had put on my computer, which were Wine and Winebottler, attempting to run Irfanview on this machine. I've given up on that for now, and don't know if it's caused this problem, but more immediately, It has somehow resorted to the previous owner's password request at startup. I changed all this when I bought the computer (a couple of years ago from a responsible seller), but where do I go now? I was following an Apple troubleshooting guilde for resetting the PRAM and this is what happened after pressing command/option/P/R at startup.

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Hold command-r as you boot and that will get you to the recovery screen. Now launch Terminal from the Utilities menu then type in "resetpassword" (without the quotes). Pick your user account from the dropdown then enter a new password.

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