12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 11:56 AM by roger217
roger217 Level 1 Level 1

I have an iBook with os9 and os10 on it and have lost my password that is required in os10. I tried to boot it holding down the S key but that does not work and when I boot it from the disc it boots up in os9. Any suggestions?

 

Rob

Solved by Knucklesmac on Jan 2, 2013 9:27 AM Solved
That's a system disk for your iMac and it wont be of any help to you. (Sorry)You will have to obtain an iBook system disk or a retail copy of Mac OS X.These are either a Mac OS X 10.3 or Mac OS X 10.4 If you search the web, there are methods of changing the password without a mac OS X disk, however we don't recommend these methods and you would be doing so at your own risk.
  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4

    Hello,

     

    Using your Mac OS X disk in the drive, hold down the 'C' key while booting the iBook.

    When it's loaded, select utilities from the menu. There it will give you the option to change the admin users password. Once you done that, retest your iBook and log back into mac OS x.

     

    Best of luck

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    When holding down the C key and booting from the disc the computer does not boot in os10 where that option is available, it boots up in normal os9. If I use a newer disc to boot while holding the C key it just boots up in os10 as a normal boot where I am asked to enter the master password.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4

    You need to use the newer Mac OS X ( OS 10) disk.

    Hold down the option key while booting and that will show you a drive selection screen.

    You should see images. One is Macintosh Hard Drive and the other will be Mac OS X install (The disk you inserted) select that disk.

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    Inserted a new os10 disc, held down the C key and selected the disc from the window and all that is happening is the apple logo with the status wheel is displaying. Not booting up. I have left it like this for ten minutes and still not booting.

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    My newer mac does not have a firewire port. Can I use a usb cabble to boot the old iBook as a slave instead of firewire? I do not have one to try I would have to buy one.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4

    Hold on, is this Mac OS X disk your using from your newer Mac?

    If so, what Mac is this disk for?

     

    You can't us a system disk from any other mac other than iBook G4.

    You also can't use any Mac OS X disk higher than Mac OS x 10.5 on your iBook, it just wont work.

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    The disc is 10.5.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4

    Hello,

     

    Is it a gray system disk or a black disk with a big 'X' on it?

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    And it is for my iMac. So as you say this discs are of now use to me.

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    It is a gray disc with os 10.5 on it and it came with my iMac.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4

    That's a system disk for your iMac and it wont be of any help to you. (Sorry)

    You will have to obtain an iBook system disk or a retail copy of Mac OS X.

    These are either a Mac OS X 10.3 or Mac OS X 10.4

     

    If you search the web, there are methods of changing the password without a mac OS X disk, however we don't recommend these methods and you would be doing so at your own risk.

  • roger217 Level 1 Level 1

    I finally got a hold of a disc with 10.4 on it and changed the password via utilities but that caused a netinfo corruption issue so all I can do now is use it as a slave to get my data off of it. Thank you for your help.