Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 11:50 PM (in response to rowles5050)
Might be time to replace the PRAM Battery, 4 years is close to their lifespan, far less if ever without AC power, & can cause strange startup problems...
See which one your G5 has...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 11:59 PM (in response to BDAqua)
okay thanks its the 2032 one. ill try replacing that tomorrow. Any other ideas if that doesnt work? thanks
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 12:12 PM (in response to rowles5050)
Well the oher way is to find a startup dvd and change password via utilities.
i am trying to enter safe mode to reset password but on start up command + s wont work.
safe mode is the shift key & doesn't get you in single user mode.
single user mode:
You need to get into single use mode for steps one and two that are listed below.
This page will tell you how to get into single user mode.
It's lower case s. Did this today & worked. Hold down until typing comes on screen.
Basically, you hold down the command + s key **then** powering on your machine. The command key has a little apple symbol on the lower left. It is between the alt/option key and the space bar. On a PC keyboard, it will be the windows key, I think. The boot up will take longer than normal. The filesystem will be checked and repaired.
I just bought brand new mac keyboard since my was lost.
Is it wired? Must be wired. Try some pc keyboard. Use the windows key for the command key.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 8:21 PM (in response to rccharles)
Yes its wired. I bought a pc keyboard first and that didnt work so i went and bought a mac keyboard and still nothing. no keys work on start up. I have a snow leapord disc but cant boot it up on start up.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to rowles5050)
i think there is a Open Firmware Password Protection on it? does that mean i cant enter safe mode?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to rowles5050)
To void the firmware password try:
1) pull out or add a memory module. Boot.
2) pull out the battery for awhile. Hour?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2013 5:21 PM (in response to rowles5050)
If the above doesn't work...
Force Removing Password Protection
1) Add or remove DIMMs to change the total amount of RAM in the computer.
2) Then, the PRAM must be reset 3 times. (Command + Option + P + R).
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2013 11:11 AM (in response to rccharles)
Well, good job, it's possible your step 2 might work for the 3 PRAM Resets, never tried it.
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