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Can't Access Mac Laptop

802 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2007 11:37 AM by b3av1s RSS
Steven Shmerler Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Jun 3, 2007 4:39 PM
A friend called me just now. A friend of his has just suffered a traumatic brain injury and his wife needs to access his laptop. They asked me if I know how to gain access as his friend obviously can't now.

In searching the forums, I find a lot of info about file sharing over networks, but my question is about simply logging into the laptop all together.

Is there a way? If this info is somewhere online already, and I can't imagine it isn't, I just couldn't find it among all the network access posts. Sorry.

G4 Quicksilver 867 mhz, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
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    Jun 3, 2007 7:50 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    Hi Steven

    I'm assuming someone there has direct access to the laptop? One way is to reboot from the original installation disk, run Reset Password from the Installers menu, and reset the main user's password. Then log in with the new password.

    2.5GHz|3.5GB G5, 1.5GHz|1.25GB PB12, 5G iPod, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • b3av1s Level 4 Level 4 (1,010 points)
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    Jun 4, 2007 11:37 AM (in response to Steven Shmerler)

    You can also boot into single user mode by starting the laptop and holding down command S. After you are in single user mode type 'sh /etc/rc' (without the quotes) Now type 'passwd username' to change the password of any account on the laptop, where username is the name of the account.

    This works on MacBook, MacBook Pro and Intel Macs. I haven't tested this on G4 or G5 Macs.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9), MacBook Pro


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