02-09-2008, 03:54 AM #1
Help With Reseting Admin Password
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- Jan 25, 2008
I'm currently playing around with my buddies old ibook g4 and am having trouble trying to install a game that requires OS 10.3.9 to play. Im currently running at 10.3.4. Well this is my problem, my buddy no longer has his Operating System Cd's and cannot remember what his Admin Password is (ibook's been in storage for the past year). And of course we can't update the software without the admin password. And since we dont have the boot cd's I dont know what to do next. Is there anything I can do to possibly reset the admin password? Or am I completely out of luck? Will i be forced to purchase a whole new operating system? I would appreciate any advice you could give. thanks again for taking the time to read my post.
02-09-2008, 07:05 AM #2MacHeadCaseGuest
02-09-2008, 07:15 AM #3
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- Dec 22, 2006
- Texas, where else?
- 15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '11 1.8 i7 4GB 10.10; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.10; 5s & 5c
And have heard in a few other posts Apple only charges like $20 or something like that for replacement disks. So they're not expensive.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
02-09-2008, 07:16 AM #4
I did a little bit of Googling. One article says you need the install disc, but in the case of a missing disc, suggests either trying to get replacement ones free from Apple (the one that would have shipped with the computer) or buying it cheap off ebay. I couldn't find anything else that says how to reset the admin password without an install disc.
Someone did post a comment in one forum suggesting the following:
You don’t need the disks.
-Boot to Single User Mode (boot holding down command-s)
-type /sbin/mount -wu /
(and then give a new password.)
You now should be able to boot to root (as in user: root, password: whatever you set)
Go to System Prefs->accounts and create an account for yourself.
or boot to your regular account and when do stuff that asks for an “administrator password”, give the root one.
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