The tale of a Dumba$$ brother and his Mac Mini 1st gen

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by topdolla69, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. topdolla69 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    Ok, here is the situation, my dumbass brother has a first gen mac mini, the cheaper one, and he has had it since it came out. Being "Protective" as he really isn't, he put a password lock on it, preventing anything from updating/installing unless he puts in the pw. Now, he just got his 3g iphone, and wouldn't u know it, he forgot his pw. this wouldn't normally be a problem, exept that he also lost his install disc-that being the only way to get the pw removed. so now he has this horribly scratched 3g iphone, that is still on the firmware that was in it since it left the factory. Please, can anyone tell me how he can fix this problem, so he can stop bugging me?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's certainly not the only way to change a password or make a new administrator account, that's for sure...

    Google ways to do so.
  3. topdolla69 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    all I have found was some way to mess with command lines, and I am not too proficient with that, and he can barely turn his iphone on. so maybe someone has a step by step run through on how to do it?
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    its hard to give the steps when we dont know if it is stolen or what not, no offense. posts like these generally recieve very little support for that very reason

    the fact you havent been around here much too doesnt give you too much credibility right off the bat

    just google for it as i dont really know off the top of my head
  5. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2005
    Call Apple or go to an Apple Store.
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Basically the last 3 are the important ones.

    Forces the computer to think it is booting for the first time and asks for all the info again, including a password. also has several other methods of password reset.
  7. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Definitely... Call Apple and have them walk you through it.
  8. topdolla69 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    Thanks for the help, and to the guy who implied the mac was stolen, he didn't steal it, he's just a dumbass. He even has the box and empty cd holder that should always hold the cd.
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i didnt imply, just said we dont know the scenario. you wont believe how many threads get asked to reset passwords on machines that dont belong to them, stolen or owned by schools for instance, etc

    hope everything works out though
  10. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Agreed on both parts. Actually, if you call 1-800-APL-CARE they should send you new install discs for that model.

    Or you can take it to an Apple Store after making a Genius bar appointment and they should just slip the discs in and walk you through it free of charge.

    The people that say Apple Care and the Genius Bar aren't effective places for technical support are really stupid. Go to them, they actually DO, do their jobs.
  11. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    I was visiting my relatives and one has a MacBook from school and lost her password (one account, auto log in to that account).

    Took me about 5 minutes with google to find how to reset the password via command line and single user mode.

    Not sure how to do it if your DAB can't be trusted with command line and doesn't have the disks.
  12. nephilim7 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2008
    tell your brother to solve his own problems. You may wish to point out to him that he doesn't seem to be bright enough to own these devices.
  13. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    better yet take your brothers iPhone and give him a LG Migo then take his mac mini and give him a OLPC. So he really can f**k it up or until he learns how to use google like a normal person.
  14. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Yea, clearly those are the types of answers that make this forum great! I mean, what do people expect, for them to come here and get help from time to time? Out of this world!

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