3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 1:09 AM by iDapperB
iDapperB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I purchased a Macbook from a friend because he forgot his admin password. I googled how to get around this and used this "solution". I restarted my Macbook and held the command+s at the apple screen. And then I used the following commands...


mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

shutdown -h now


After doing this I turned my Macbook back on and it started to go through the installation as if I had just purchased it, I began by choosing a language, wireless network, apple ID and so on. Once I completed what I assume was the last step, which was making the new addministrative account. It just starts all over again and takes me back to the screen where I select a language. Can anyone tell me how to correct this please???

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Macbook Stuck in installation.
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,310 points)

    Which Mac OS version are you on? Is the 10.5.8 in your profile correct?


    You will most likely need the install disks to do anything. If you don't have them, you can call Apple with your serial number and request replacements. But, before being able to help, we need to know the OS version.


    Surprising that someone would get rid of a Macbook just because they couldn't remember their password?

  • 2. Re: Macbook Stuck in installation.
    iDapperB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes 10.5.8 is correct, at least that is what I was told. Not sure if it was updated from an earlier version or not. And it wasn't just that he had forgotten his password, lol, he purchased a MacBook Pro and I had been trying to buy the MacBook from him for some time due to its lack of use.

  • 3. Re: Macbook Stuck in installation.
    iDapperB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I sent you a reply, I accidentally clicked whatever makes it look as if this question had been answered but it hasn't. And I do not know how to delete it.