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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon
    I have a friend that some how manged to forget her password. So she goes online and looks up a single user command she knew nothing about and now it stuck at start up. I know a lot about macs but this one I just can't fix. I had to hunt down the command she used.

    mount -uw /
    rm -rf /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    shutdown -h now

    I know this command I have used it myself once but I have never seen it with the "-rf" and I am guessing that is what did the damage. Does anyone have any ideas on what this did or how to fix it?

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    mount -uw /
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    shutdown -h now

    I tested this in the past and it worked, but as you can see, without the -rf

    End of the day, if she has the install discs (which she should), it's as simple as booting from her install disc, and resetting the password.

    Insert disc.
    Reboot.
    As soon as you hear the chime hold the C key down.
    Release it once you see the spinning gear.
    Select language and click next/continue.
    In the menu bar go to utilities and select reset password.

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    rm: /var/db/.AppleSetupDone: no such file or directory

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    it's the "-rf" command i am sure of it if she had read done a little more she would have seen the same thing happened to him when he put it in.

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    That's my thoughts on it

    I don't understand command lines, and have only played with them for curiosity/testing purposes, but never without a time machine backup, a cloned backup, and my install discs at hand.

    If I were you friend, I'd be reaching for those install discs now

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    those i don't have

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    Cheap and easy solution assuming it's an intel Mac.... go to the nearest Apple store or Best Buy, and purchase a copy of Snow Leopard for $29.

    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    true i was just hoping to save a few bucks and undo what she did

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    Stuck at the apple start up icon

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Sometimes it's easier to bit the bullet.
    How much time and frustration is $29 worth to you?

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