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HT1274: OS X: Changing or resetting an account password (Snow Leopard and earlier)

Learn about OS X: Changing or resetting an account password (Snow Leopard and earlier)

HT1274 power mac g4

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powermacuser88 Calculating status...
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Jan 25, 2013 12:00 PM

I bought a used power mac g4 with a admin password i try to reset the password with the installing disk but proceed i net to enter the password from the previous owner so i contacted but he said he does remember it so i look online for another solution so came upon the command and s solution try it so many times but still no results then i try the c solution and still nothing...can someone please help

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to powermacuser88)

    You need to give details of how your attempts failed.


    Some picture of what you are seeing would be handy.

    click on this icon

    Picture 13.png

    pick this path...



    Picture 14.png




    Maybe your are getting the firmware password?  Do you see this image?

    Picture 15.png


  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,230 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 7:51 PM (in response to powermacuser88)

    Here's the instructions if you have the discs.

    Mac OS X: Changing or resetting an account password


    Changing your administrator password


    Here's one method 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:


       1. Reboot

       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


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