Problem in single-user mode

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ravemeover, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. ravemeover macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hi everyone. I just purchased 5 different Imacs from a liquidation auction. I have been trying to reset the administrator passwords, but am running into a little problem. The reset worked fine via single user mode on 2 of the Imacs which are mid 2008 models with 10.5 installed, there was no problem.. However, when I boot up in single user mode on the newer imacs (2009-2010) with 10.6 installed, I am unable to type anything into the command prompt. I am using a Dell USB keyboard, but I know th ekeyboard is recognized by the system because holding down the WINDOWS + S button causes single user mode to start, but one it comes time to input text, it is as if the keyboard was no longer there... Anyone have any ideas f why this could be happening and perhaps how to get around it?

    Thanks for your help, I have searched the site and found 2 or 3 posts on this subject but nobody has posted what they did to correct the problem.

    Thanks you again for your help
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Do you have a Snow leopard retail dvd? Boot from it and reset that way. I had problems with mac's like that in the past with the blue tooth keyboards not working or allowing me to enter single user mode / safeboot. USB didn't work either which i found quite odd.

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