Reseting a Password

June 1, 2010 at 16:35:51
Specs: OS X 04 mine, 633 / 512mb
I have a friend that had bought a used laptop from this guy. The laptop is a mac and she says it has OS X 04 mini for the OS. Now, it has a couple of problems..one is that she doesn't know what the username/password is...the other is that the DVD reader doesn't work. Is the best way to reset the password with the actual install CD? (This of course would mean that either an internal CD or DVD driver would have to be installed or an external one perhaps. If this is necessary would it have to be a DVD reader or does OS X 04 mini fit on a CD? Please let me know what's involved

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#1
June 2, 2010 at 00:04:20
You can do it in single user mode - hold Command-S during boot.

Here's some instructions for 10.5, other people have guides for 10.4 -
http://www.macosxhints.com/article....


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#2
June 2, 2010 at 10:17:34
Use the Guess account

Another way that worked for me and you can do this also using the "Guess" account.

For OSX.5 and 4

Go to:
Utilities / Directory Utility / Open
Open menu "Edit" / Enable Root User
Create a password / close
Log out
Use the "guess" user
Log in with:
User: root
PW: the PW you created for the root
Once logged in you will have access to all your files. But you may need to create a new user for yourself and delete the problematic one.

One final advise, don't use to much the SUDO user as you have to much power you don't know you have on your Mac and you may end up having a bigger problem.


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#3
June 8, 2010 at 15:03:49
This is really perplexing I've tried above ideas and didn't get any where I wasn't sure about the CD install disk 1 I tried using cause it was OS X 10.4 but the actually OS on the iBook is Mac OS X MS Mini Cow #04...any other ideas???!

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#4
June 23, 2010 at 07:38:05
Check out http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1352 if this 'guy' didn't
set up a firmware password you should be OK if you have the
DVD. Look on http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274 how to reset
the password of the account using the DVD. On the other hand if
'he' set up firmware password utility you will have a spot of
trouble - firmware prevents you from booting of a CD/DVD
without the password.

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