Thread: Panther Password Problems
11-06-2006, 04:58 PM #1shonkyboyGuestPanther Password Problems
Sorry if this is a regular problem - i have spent all night searching the internet and tried various things to no avail:
here goes anyway;
I have a eMac that i recently bought from an auction - yes - a REAL auction in and auction room! . The disks were not with it and it seems that the admin password is locked down and i have no way of knowing it.
Someone i know had a tiger disk and i thought that i could use this to reset the password. Trouble is that when i try to start the install procedure so i can get to the reset password bit, - when i hit restart, it says "Type in an administrators name and password to make changes to Install Mac OSX" - obviously, i do not have these and i have no way of ever getting them - please could someone advise me how to get round this , or maybe just re-install the whole operating system like you can do in Windows?
I can get a copy of panther for about £30 - would this be the best approach and how do i get by all that adminstrator stuff? Thanks in advance.
11-06-2006, 05:15 PM #2
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Reboot the computer with the disc in the drive (Click the Apple -> Restart). Hold down the C key as soon as the computer starts to boot and then you will be able to reset the passwordDon't forget to use the new User Reputation System
11-06-2006, 05:34 PM #3shonkyboyGuestC Key
Hi, I have tried that and nothing seems to happen. As i bou8ght the mac cheap it had no keyboard so i am using a pc usb one if that makes any difference.
is there a particular moment that you need to press the C key? i did try it a few times and nothing. It looks like the administrator may have disabled that or something.
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11-06-2006, 06:27 PM #5shonkyboyGuestC Key
hi - yes - i have tried that, i do have a cd (DVD) in at the mo - the DVD for Tiger - would that work?
If so it does not appear to be doing so, I hold down the C key and it just boots into OSX as normal - says waiting for network initialisation and then boots into the admin / user area. ( obviously i can only click on the User account which has severley limited functionality) - it looks like the C key at startup has been disabled (unless I am missing something) - i am very new to macs so i don't know how to get round this. Id ther a bios or something on macs similar to PC's - maybe the administrator has disabled boot from CD in there if there is?
Surley a Tiger CD would work would it not?
Or am i going to have to get the Panther CD for it to boot?
All i want is to reset that pesky password then i'm ok.
When a mac is reformatted and loaded from scratch - is this the way to do it, if so then why does the C key not work????
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