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M2453 mac clamshell Early 300mhz model has locked applications so I cant reinitialize hd and reinstall 9.2. Help! Firmware?

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  • Nise1 Mar 12, 2009

    When we moved the movers didnt put any of the accessories with my ibook...I had to order a power cable cause the battery is dead...but the other problem is one of the nieces or nephews put a password on it & they all deny it..but I can't get in to it and I cant restore from the cd cause I dont have one and I'm not paying $129 for a new disc when I will only be using this until my broken arm and ankle heal...I cant find a restore & application cd for this any ideas?
    thanks
    Nise

  • Stephen Munn
    Stephen Munn May 11, 2010

    Have you tried booting from the CD? If you do, it shouldn't matter whether the applications are locked.

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Like the other person said,just boot from an os installer cd and do a clean install,it should completely wipe out any locks. when booted from the cd,go to the utilities folder on the disk and choose disk setup and reformat your hard drive,then do a clean install.

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