2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2006 2:45 PM by brad f
brad f Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)
Hi -

I installed OS X on my family's computer and it's been a long while since installing this OS, long enough so that I can't remember the brief process I went through to set the root password on my own computer.

I tried logging in as root and using the admin account password (the one I setup on installation) but no dice. Tried some obvious ones (root/root, root/(blank), root/admin) but no luck.

G4, 400 MHz, 384 MB RAM, DVD Player / ProTools with MBox, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • 1. Re: default root password?
    ali brown Level 7 Level 7 (26,465 points)
    Hi brad!

    Are you trying on your Mac, or your family's Mac?
    Is there a specific need to enable the Root User?

    See if this Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS X, as any pertinent info.

    ali b
  • 2. Re: default root password?
    brad f Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)
    It's okay, I remembered how. I don't see why a computer SHOULDN'T have root enabled (save for a few scenarios). I think it should always be enabled so that a user with the right knowledge can access parts of the system when needed... Of course, with proper security in mind (ie, DONT use it unless you know what you're doing, and set a very high-level password. "puppydog86" is a terrible password.)