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Deleting a password #631514 07/02/15 03:25 PM
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I just bought a Mac from a guy from out-of-state, and he neglecteed to either take out the password, or tell me what it is. I cannot get ahold of him right now, bue I need to work on this machine.

How do I delete his password? The hint is "dog's name", but I don't know his dog.

Thanks


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Re: Deleting a password [Re: PapaBill] #631517 07/02/15 04:08 PM
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Knowing what machine and what operating system is helpful anytime you ask for help BTW.

If it's pre-10.7, which I figure it is, you need to boot off of an installation DVD or USB installation stick. After the first screen or two, language choice etc, in the menu bar under Utilities there is an option to change the log on passwords.

Make note though that when you change the log on password in this way it doesn't change the keychain password so when you reboot it will ask if you want to create a new keychain.

If it's 10.7 or later;

http://coolestguidesontheplanet.com/reset-forgotten-admin-password-mac-osx/

Also the Reset Password utility is the same from around 10.4 on so the screen shots in the link will be relevant.

Re: Deleting a password [Re: PapaBill] #631518 07/02/15 04:25 PM
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Sorry about that. It's a Mac Mini G4 (yes, another one).

This machine is 10.4.10, and I do happen to have a 10.4 disk.

Lucky me!

Not so lucky!! It's telling me now that I must enter the unknown password before anything can commence. It did not boot off the DVD.

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Re: Deleting a password [Re: PapaBill] #631520 07/02/15 04:48 PM
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Is there any way I can just install 10.4 WITHOUT having to do anything except put in the DVD and reboot?

Thanks

Note: Got it, just reset the boot-up disk to the CD

Last edited by papabill; 07/02/15 04:59 PM.

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Re: Deleting a password [Re: PapaBill] #631523 07/02/15 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted By: papabill
Sorry about that. It's a Mac Mini G4 (yes, another one).

This machine is 10.4.10, and I do happen to have a 10.4 disk.

Lucky me!

Not so lucky!! It's telling me now that I must enter the unknown password before anything can commence. It did not boot off the DVD.


You have to hold down the "C" key on boot up for it to bypass the Sys OS and go to the DVD, although I see you are now doing a fresh install.

Re: Deleting a password [Re: NucleusG4] #631524 07/02/15 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted By: NucleusG4

You have to hold down the "C" key on boot up for it to bypass the Sys OS and go to the DVD, although I see you are now doing a fresh install.


I tried that several times, but was not quick enough (or too quick), but I remembered that I could change the boot-up device.

Everything going along nicely, though. Thanks


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