Passworded Powermac G4....

Nick012

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My dad has a powermac G4 thats been sitting in the corner of his office for years because the guy that worked with it before left under something of a cloud and never told anybody the password. How can my dad get around not knowing the password? Can he just reinstall OSX?
 

G5power

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What point were you able to reach?

Could you boot from the CD?

Did you reach the Utilities > Reset Password option?
 

Nick012

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get to the reset password utility. Restart, eject the cd, try to login and it doesn't let me.
 

MacsRgr8

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You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.
 

Nick012

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Apr 28, 2007
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You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.
Cheers man, you're a ledgend.
 

MorzillA

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May 16, 2007
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You could try doing it in Single User Mode:

(Re)boot while pressing <COMMAND> <S>.
Type "mount -uw /" <ENTER>
Type "sh /etc/rc" <ENTER>
Type "passwd root" <ENTER>
Type and retype a <password of choice>
Type "reboot"
At the login window, log in as "root" / "<your password of choice>"
Goto System prefs, and reset th epassword of the normal admin account.

Does this reset/erase the data in the system!?
 

MorzillA

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May 16, 2007
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By the looks of the commands I'm certain it only changes the user password (in this case root) and doesn't do anything else.
...................ahhhhhhh ok cool! now I know, and knowing is half the battle!

Thx, :):cool: