Oh okay so today i friend of my mothers came in and asked me to sort there computer and interrupted my viewing of the critical manchester United match which inwardly really pissed me off something chronic but i digress It is a Acer Aspire 3680 and seems to have a version of leopard installed. I'm not really up with the apple macs at all. Infact i think this is like the second apple mac i have had the displeasure of working with/on. Soooo anyway with that over i'm told it was dropped from a great distance and has been used bought from a friend (mothers friends son's friend) at the beginning of this year maybe the end of last year. hearing that it had been dropped i assumed it wouldn't be able to do anything before discovering it wouldn't load into his user space/account so to get a warkspace running i decided to after a bit of searching being a mac newbie to run in single user made and activate the root user account so i could select other at the login GUI and type in creditials for for root user account which let me log in okay. The reason i choose to do this was to get in and change the account password as i heard there was a bug with handling 8 characters or more and noticed that he had a password of that length. having done that i actioned to reeboot and since then i haven't been able to get the Login GUI to appear period. I don't know what else to try at the moment. At or about this time the friend that loves Mac and leopard came online so i started chatting to her and she seems to think it may be a pirated copy SOooooo my question is how do i figure out if it is a pirated copy or not. It wouldn't surprise me if it is they are a poor family from a poor part of town. If it is a pirate copy what can i do about it to sort their problems I'm in the right mind to rip hard drive out and copy his personal files and install ubuntu over it's illegal copy. I tried to keep the message short.