need help with changing password

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lmg01, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. lmg01 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,
    Recently received a Power Mac G4 Cube, still trying to work my way around it, never had a mac before. It seems as though the previous owner password is still effective, I have no idea who this person is. Any help and/or advice on how I can go about changing it without having the original p/w. Also is there a user guide or something that I can get for this. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    If you have the operating system discs that shipped with the computer, you can follow the steps in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274 for resetting the administrator password, its about halfway down the page. There's also a method to reset it in single-user mode but I don't remember the commands off the top of my head.
     
  3. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    this is a bit of a problem. there are two options that I can offer.
    1)Ask the previous owner, but I'm sure you probably have already though of that.
    2)If they gave you the cds to reinstall, do a fresh install of the system

    there are no known ways to crack passwords on os x so if you can't do either you are just going to have to buy a new copy of os x.
     
  4. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    You really should wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS.
     
  5. lmg01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to all that answered, however I don't have the disk that you are talking about. Where can I get one?
     
  6. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    If you weren't provided the discs by the previous owner, you could possibly order them from AppleCare (assuming availability) or use a 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5 retail install disc to reset the password. I say 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5 because you would need the one appropriate to whatever version you seen in About this Mac under the :apple: menu.
     
  7. lmg01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Jedi, after looking it's a 10.4.11, any ideas where I can get one? You have been such a great help. Can't thank you enough :eek:
     
  8. maccam macrumors 6502a

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  9. lmg01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying, but I honestly did not steal it, this was given too me. Although I can see how you would accuse someone of stealing that you don't know
     

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