Lost Passord after reinstall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheMechanic, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. TheMechanic macrumors regular

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    Hi everybody!

    I have a Macbook with Leopard on it with only one account. Yesterday I wanted to make a fresh install of Leopard because the 10.5.4 update was out. So I made sure that everything is backed up and put the first Install Disk in my MB. I choose the Archive and Install option. (btw I know that "Archive and Install" creates a "Previous" folder and puts the old system files in it but what happens with the application folder?)
    After the installation was completed and the computer booted up again it brought up a login screen and ask me for my password. So I typed in my password (which is the administrator password, 'cause I have only one account). But it was the wrong password, at least it seems so, because it prompts me for the password again after it wobbles a bit.
    I know that I typed the right password. I also tried all other passwords that I use but nothing changes.
    What happend here? Am i stupid and always type the wrong password? Or went something wrong? What can I do now?
    It is kind of annoying 'cause my Mac is basically useless now!

    Your help is very appreciated!!
    Thank you in advance!!
     
  2. CLuv macrumors 6502

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    Same thing happened to me when I did a reinstall for my parents. All you ned to do is boot off of your Leopard Install Disc, and under Utilities find Reset Password.
     
  3. TheMechanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for your help!

    I already tried to boot from the Install Disc but there was also a login screen. So that doesn't help me.
    But I'll try again...

    ...but wait! Do I have to press a key while booting? Or does it automatically boot from the Disc?
     
  4. rmb7984 macrumors regular

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    I had the same issue. Curious. You have to hold down the "C" key while booting with the disk in the drive.
     
  5. TheMechanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks a lot guys!

    It is working again now. I forgot that it is the "C" key that I have to hold down.
     
  6. CLuv macrumors 6502

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    Glad to hear that helped. Don't know what causes it, but at least there is a fix.
     

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