Yosemite recovery mode problem

Dec 22, 2014
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Hi-- tech-illiterate here!
Our Mac was recently updated to Yosemite 10.10.1, and even with hints, I can't remember admin password... Tried the recovery mode suggestion (vid on youtube) but can't get it to go into it...
My possible issues: wireless mac keyboard (so I waited till "chime" sounded *then* pushed Cntrl R... heard an announcement, "Press the Return key for English"... I did that...
NOTHING shows up on my monitor--Our mac is being run through a flat screen tv monitor (by adapter) due to graphic/video cable problem (old mac-5 years old)

Can anyone give me a "For Dummies" instruction list on what I'm doing wrong, and how to do it right?
My iCloud password was not put in for admin when this was done, so that won't work...
Thanks, and sorry if I sent a duplicated post...1st one didn't show up...
PS-- need help on this to update Flash on computer...

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