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tomgossard Calculating status...
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May 4, 2012 7:44 PM

I wiped my old PowerMac G4 so I could sell or give it away, but now I can't remember what password I put on it, and I can't get into it.  I think it was the old Leopard system.  Any ideas on how to bypass it or reset or locate it?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    May 4, 2012 8:11 PM (in response to tomgossard)

    I'm not sure what you mean - if you erased its hard disk what is requiring a password...?

     

    To erase it boot from your original installation CD or DVD. With the disc in the drive start the computer while holding the C key. From the Utilities menu launch Disk Utility. Erase the disk. Install OS X.

     

    Be sure to include the installation DVD when you sell or donate the PowerMac. It is essential for many tasks.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    May 4, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to tomgossard)

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...

     

    http://theappleblog.com/2008/06/22/reset-os-x-password-without-an-os-x-cd/

     

    Admin Hack...

     

    http://www.hackmac.org/?q=node/4

     

    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    May 5, 2012 2:48 AM (in response to tomgossard)

    That's one of several reasons you need your original system installation disc which should accompany the computer for the duration of its life.

     

    ...boot from your original installation CD or DVD.

     

    You can try to obtain one from Apple - you will need to pay a nominal fee.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    May 5, 2012 8:03 PM (in response to tomgossard)

    Would definitely like to hear the cure, or at least the outcome!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    May 9, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to tomgossard)

    Thanks for the report.

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