My new used iBook G4. What's the password?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gorgoo, May 21, 2014.

  1. gorgoo macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    hello all

    last month i bought an ibook G4 at a garage/moving sale.
    it's been great so far, but a little slow. the memory was all cleared by the prevs owner . i always check my yahoo amil on my iphone untill last night.
    i tried doing it on the ibook and yahoo said that i needed a newr version of safari.i started a software update and it asked for a password before it would install anything. i went back this morning and the land-lord said the tenant is long gone and he has no info , not even for forwrding residual mail.....
    i only paid 50$, but it would be nice if i could help it function faster. please help if u can..........thanks
  2. tampasteve macrumors 6502

    These instructions may help:

    Also, the best thing you can do on this machine to speed it up will be to max out the RAM. Go to system profiler to check how much you have now. Updating the software may help some, but not too much compared to RAM. You will not be able to run the latest versions of Safari, iTunes, etc. as the PPC systems are not supported. For a better browser try TenFourFox as it is still supported, basically a port of Firefox that is kept up to date.

    What version OS X are you running? Likely 10.4 or 10.5. You may want to post any questions you have in the PPC forum as this is a PPC machine and not Intel.
  3. gorgoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    10.4.6 version of apple os. Thanks for ur help. Ill move on to ppc section after ur reply.
    Thanks again.
  4. tampasteve macrumors 6502

    OK, then you are going to want to upgrade this machine to 10.4.11 (the highest level of 10.4), Software Update on the Mac should do this automatically, if you run it.

    Try the instructions I linked to above or the below to reset the password:

    Also, to check your RAM, etc. go ahead and click on the :apple: button in the top left of the screen. Then click on "About This Mac". That will tell you exactly what speed your G4 is and how much RAM you have. Putting in new RAM and using a different browser like TenFourFox or Camino will be a good start.
  5. gorgoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    It worked. All reset and done.
    Thanks so much.

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