Instructions for the Mac OS X Password Recovery.
Although there’s no real way to recover a lost root password, you
can change the root password even if you do not know the current one.
You must have physical access to the machine in order to accomplish
1. Click Restart at the login window
2. While the computer is restarting, hold down “Command-S” until you
see text scrolling through the window. This boots the computer into
single user mode.
3. At the Localhost% prompt type:
/sbin/mount -uw /
You will then see various services starting up.
4. When the Localhost% prompt reappears, type: passwd [username]
It will then ask you to type the new root password twice, so do so.
(Though I’ve not tried it, it appears you can type niutil -list .
/users to get a list if users if you do not know the username….if
someone wants to verify this, I would be most appreciative).
5. After entering the new password, type:
6. At the login window, enter the username with the new password.
Once you are logged in, you can use the Multiple Users application
(/Applications/Utilities) to change your user’s password, or create a
new user account.
Note: this may not work for newer versions of OS X; I think they did
something about it in a security update. I hope this helps you with Macintoshpassword recovery.
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Are you asking how to unlock a computer that is password protected without the password? You cannot do this, that is the whole point of security. You could manually wipe the entire hard drive using another device, then reinstall the OS on it from another Mac, but then all the data would likely be lost.
Your absolute best bet is to re-install the system operation system.OS 10.5 is your brts bet. then follow the instructions and answer all of the needed information. Because I live alone and my computer is never out of my personal living area, I never instal a password. But this is your choice also.
restart your computer. When the first white screen comes up, hold down command+s keys. the screen will change to white on black and some code writing will load. DONT FREAK OUT OR PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN IT SAYS "root". then type in exactly:"/sbin/mount -uw /" hit return once then type in "passwd [username]" and hit return. where it says "type in new password" type in the password u want. hit return and retype the password. hit return one more time and wait for the codes to say "root". then type in "exit" and hit return. the computer should continue to start up and u should be able to log in.
I don't know of any such software for Mac OS, and Apple has no record of any such software existing from a third party. Sorry. Keep in mind that some Apple computers contain infrared receivers for remote control purposes, but none of them (since the black PowerBooks) contain infrared transmitters.
1. Obtain a Mac OSX install disc (buy one from apple or try Ebay)
2. Insert the disc then click on the "Install Mac OS" icon. Then click the restart button.
3. DONT INSTALL! Just click through enough of the windows to get to the regular set of choices on the menu bar. One of those choices is UTILITIES and one of the choices there is RESET PASSWORD.
Simple, but you should know that anyone with a Mac OSX install disc can gain access to your computer.
Try rebooting into safe mode, then emptying your trash and restarting to normal operation. In safe mode, all internet is dissabled, so dont go trying to fire up the bluetooth or wi fi. The systme trashes unneccessary fonts and cache that can complicate the boot up.
If that does not remedy, try getting anothe rmacintosh running 10.3 or higher and a firewire cable. Boot your powerbook into TARGET DISK MODE and from the other mac go to UTILITIES and run permissions on your powerbook ( it should be on the left pane in DISK UTILITIES )
These are a few quick fixes, if they dont remedy the situation, keep me posted and try providing more info, like which version of osx, what you were downloading, and what apps were open when it was last functional.