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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vanline, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. vanline macrumors newbie

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    I won an auction and I got 2 "desklamp" iMac from a local school. They work but...they have a student id and an admin id. I didn't get the install disks in the auction so what are my options since i don't know the admin password.
     
  2. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Ask them for the passwords. Or buy Leopard and do a clean install. Or return them from whom ever you stole them from. No offense, but stories like this are fishy to me. :)
     
  3. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Google much? There are various ways around the passwords, even without an install disc, via single user boot Terminal commands. ;)
     
  4. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Buy a Leopard or Tiger retail disk and use it to erase and install.
     
  5. vanline thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. vanline thread starter macrumors newbie

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    this will probably be the dumbest question ever asked on this forum but do you open the CD tray? I am not sure, but I think the admin locked that function for the student id.
     
  7. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Follow this guide to set up a new admin account on the macs, then you can erase the others.

    You could probably also boot into target disc mode to erase the "setup done" file and remove other user accounts.

    Iirc, if you boot while holding the mouse button the tray will open.
     
  8. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    I am sorry. Good luck with getting your computers running.
     

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