reset password without reinstall

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  1. lmcintyre macrumors regular

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    i got an iMac g4 (the uni was gonna throw them away) and i dont know the password. I dont have OS X disks. What can I do.
     
  2. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Could try booting into single user mode and resetting the password.

    Give this a go:

    Boot into single user mode with Apple -S

    Code:
    /sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
    /sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
    rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
    reboot [Enter]
     
  3. lmcintyre thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. geoge000003 macrumors newbie

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    i tired this on my ibook g4 and it didn't work. only command that worked was the first one and it said 'the volume macintosh HD appears to be OK.' is there a different command(s) i can try?
     
  6. janey macrumors 603

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    those are standard commands that should work just fine. are you typing them in correctly?
     
  7. geoge000003 macrumors newbie

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    when i type in /sbin/mount -uaw
    it just come up with another localhost:/ root# thing do i type in the next comand?
     
  8. janey macrumors 603

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    yes you do. some of them will not give you any feedback - in fact, no feedback means it worked :)
     
  9. geoge000003 macrumors newbie

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    okay it's rebooting right now how do i know it worked?
     
  10. janey macrumors 603

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    well the last command was "reboot", so i'd assume it worked if it didn't give you any error messages :)
     
  11. geoge000003 macrumors newbie

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    lmfao i think it worked 'cause it's asking for my personal information

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
     
  12. gurudaas13 macrumors newbie

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    Hi SC68Cal how would one reset his password in the same situation in a Macbook pro OS X? :(
     
  13. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

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    Or just boot into sing user mode and type

    Code:
    passwd
    It will prompt for your new password twice.
     
  14. janey macrumors 603

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    it works regardless of what computer it is.
     
  15. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Hey, I like the welcome movie :D

    But yeah, you could use that too. I just figured since he bought the machine we start it off with a smile.
     

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