7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 2:05 PM by rccharles
HannDiesel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

BACKGROUND ...

 

1. I got my aunt's MAC when she passed a few years ago. I don't know exactly when she bought it or what the model is... but i want to say she got it around 2006 or 2007.

 

2. I tried to set up home networking (i mean, do they even call it that anymore? i'm so behind on my tech lingo), so that i could get internet on the MAC. but i was trying to network a PC and a MAC so it wasn't as easy.

 

3. I couldn't get into the Internet settings to make the necessary changes to get home networking to work because those settings need a password and i couldn't find my aunts passwords

 

4. the MAC has been sitting up there, still operable, but no internet

 

5. I went to a Apple fix-it place and they told me they'd charge me $100 JUST to look at it.

 

 

QUESTION ...

 

There's GOT to be a way I can change the password without having to take it to a place and pay extra money to do it.

can somebody please assist me in this. and please... if there are follow up questions feel free to ask. I'm at work right now, but I can go home and get the particulars of the MAC later. I just wanna solve this issue without spending money.


iMac
  • 1. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    When you got the Mac did you get the install DVD with it?

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    HannDiesel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    my aunt saved everything related to her computers. things are a bit in dissaray at our house... but i suppose i need to look for it. what exactly should i be looking for?

    (and i'm guessing i just install that and it'll reset everything???)

  • 3. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    It's Mac.

     

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    Query by serial number

    Apple's warrenty database will identify the type of Mac you have.  Your serial number is securely sent, but you get only the name of your machine.

    https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do

     

    This site provides more information, but lacks security.

    "A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters assigned to an individual piece of hardware or software. It's used for various things depending on the product / brand but what is your Mac's serial number for and more importantly... what is it hiding and what can it do for you ?"

    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php

     

    or

    This site provides more information, but lacks security too.

    "A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters assigned to an individual piece of hardware or software. It's used for various things depending on the product / brand but what is your Mac's serial number for and more importantly... what is it hiding and what can it do for you ?"

    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php

    http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html

       ( hint by K Shaffer  )

  • 4. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    No. Don't install.  There is a password reset option.

     

    Change Password

     

    Mac OS X:

     

    Changing or resetting an account password via GUI:

       Resetting a user's password

      Resetting the original administrator account password

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106156

  • 5. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    HannDiesel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks rccharles!

    i'll do that when i get home... i'm pretty sure it's OS X but not sure. if not i'll definitely be back here with the particulars =)

  • 6. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    The install DVD issued with a Mac is generally grey in color and comes in a small white envelope like package with a gray apple logo on the outside. Once you have found the DVD you can erase and reinstall from the DVD.

     

    Allan

  • 7. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    HannDiesel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    rccharles.. that link you provided (GUI) doesn't go anywhere???

  • 8. Re: Loaded Question about Internet and Passwords
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    Well, there is always another way. 'cause it's Unix.

     

    Get the Mac to set up  an additional administrative account.  You can then change the password on your old account.

     

    Start with your computer power off.  Hold down command-s. Power on your computer. 

     

    Type in the following:

     

    The first two commands will depend on your release of Mac OS X.  Look at what is typed out in the console to determine the exact format.

    # Type the follow two instructions to access the startup disk in read/write. Press return after each command.

    /sbin/fsck -fy

    /sbin/mount -uw /

     

    cd /var/db

    pwd

    #List all files. The l is a lower case L.

    ls -a

    #The move command acts as a rename command in this format.

    mv -i  .applesetupdone .applesetupdone.old

     

    reboot 

     

    Once you've done that the computer reboots and it's like the first time you used the machine. Your old accounts are all safe. From there you just change all other account passwords in the account preferences!!

    Limnos adds detailed explainations:

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8441597#8441597

     

    The above the idea came from a post by JoseAranda at September 9, 2006 3:48 AM

    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_reset_my_mac_os_x_admin_root_password.html

    You will need to scroll down to see this post.  Search for applesetupdone

     

    This method is mentioned in an apple support page without giving an explanation.

     

    Once you have a new administrative account, you can change the password of your old administrative account

    blue apple > System Preferences > Accounts

     

     

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    -- You can see that it is easy to change your administrator password. You can set a firmware password that you enter before your machine will boot.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1352

     

    -- For the best data security, you should use FileVault. Create a good logon password. Define and use a good backup plan. I do not recommend using FileVault unless you really need the security because it is much harder to recover your data should you have a harddrive problem and you do not have your data backed up. data should you have a harddrive problem and you do not have your data backed up.

     

     

     

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    Here is how to change the password from the install dvd/cd

     

    How to run reset password from your startup DVD.

    1. Insert your  startup DVD  into your reader.  Power down your machine.  Hold down to the c key.  Power on your machine.  This will bootup your startup DVD.
    2. This will bring you to a panel asking you for your language.  Pick your language.
    3. initial boot screen dvd.jpg

    4.  

    5. You you come to the Install Mac OS panel.  Do not install.
    6. Click on Utilities menu item.  This will give you a pulldown list of utilities.
    7. Click on Reset Password.
      cd pulldown.jpg