IMac password question....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by deceptichop, May 17, 2009.

  1. deceptichop macrumors regular

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    Greetings Apple fanatics,

    Heres my question. I have an old school Indigo Imac. It was my uncle's and unfortunately he just passed away. I am attempting to install software but it wants the password. Oviously I cant ask my uncle. If I can not install my apps then this Mac will be worthless to me.

    What do ya'll suggest? Thanks guys and gals
     
  2. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    Boot off the OS install disc and you can change the password.
     
  3. deceptichop thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately I dont have that. Is it possible to use the install disc from my new MBP? Prolly not huh.

    Is there someway I can download an install disc for the IMac?
     
  4. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    You can order replacement discs from Apple but I think that the iMac would of come with 10.1 or 10.2 and you best bet would be eBay.
     
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    If you call Apple for replacement discs, they're suppose to give you the OS that originally came with your computer but if you ask nicely, there's a good chance that they will give you 10.3 or 10.4 (depending on what's compatible for your computer).
     
  6. deceptichop thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the replies guys, I appriecate it. I looked on Ebay and found a couple of possiblities, however they are in Europe. And I dont want to wait for shipment.

    My cousin has a PowerPc G5 running Tiger 10.4. Would his install disc work on the older IMac??
     
  7. MTI macrumors 65816

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    What OS is the machine running? If it's one of the early OS X verisons, then you can change the password by getting into "single user mode" with changes being made using terminal commands.
     
  8. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Nope. You either need the exact same install discs that came with the iMac or a retail box
     
  9. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Pre-Tiger (10.4) install discs weren't machine specific, so if you can find Panther . . . it really would help to know what OS he's got.
     

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