password not recognized!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nbusse, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. nbusse macrumors member

    nbusse

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    #1
    This is a first... my imac suddenly doesn't recognize my password. It's denying me access to anything admin related. It's been the SAME password the entire time I've owned the @#$#$ thing, and each and every time I reinstall OS etc - now suddenly in the last 15 minutes it changed its mind....

    What's going on here? and how do I work around it?
    have tried disk utility to repair permissions... it says all's well...:mad:
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

    emw

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    #2
    If you're on the iMac now, then this will seem like a stupid question, but if not... is the caps lock key pressed? That is, in the password entry box is there an "up arrow"?
     
  3. nbusse thread starter macrumors member

    nbusse

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    #3
    So, that was wierd, and a bit scary for a while there....
    boy, very 2001-ish, when HAL takes over control - you don't have access priviledges anymore...

    Um, not sure what the problem was, it appears to have been some sort of glitch in a software update. I shut down, restarted & had to re-register everything, but it recognized me as lord & master again.

    For future reference, though, what would happen if one maybe say lost or forgot a password? is there any way to unlock it if it doesn't like your password?
     
  4. gameguy3001 macrumors member

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    #5
    On the Mac OS X install disks, there is a reset password utility. You can use that for resetting the password for any user account on your computer
     

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