Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to Jane Elizabeth Smith)
It will be difficult to find the original Install/Restore disc, and then it may have an OS lower than Tiger 10.4
Here's severtal methods to reset the password without the install disc:
1. boot computer and hold the "apple" key and the "s" key.
2. wait for terminal show
3. release keys
4. type without the quotes: "/sbin/mount -uaw"
5. press enter
6. type without the quotes: "rm /var/db/.applesetupdone
7. press enter
8. type without the quotes: "reboot"
9. press enter
This will let you create a new admin account when you reboot your computer.
Also, without the discs, look at Mac OS X Tip - No Password, No Root, No CD? No Problem.
Here is a way to get around not knowing the admin password on Macs.
To reset your OS X password without an OS X CD you need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:
2. Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.
3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):
* mount -uw /
* rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
* shutdown -h now
4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you’re good to go again!
Cheers, Tom G4 1.25HGz MDD, PB 12" G4 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), (10.4.11, 9.2.2) iPad2, iOS5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 2:51 PM (in response to Texas Mac Man)
Oh wow thanks a lot Texas Mac Man!! I'll give it a try and hopefully be on my way to sorting the problem. So glad there's folks like you around to help out a trainee techy person like me!