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I AQUIRED MY IMAC OS 9.1 FROM A YARD SALE WITH NO BACK UP DISK OR OPERATING SYSTEM CDS, WHEN IT POWERS UP IT ASK FOR A LOGIN AND PASS WORD, THE LOGIN AUTOMATICLY COMES UP AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PASS WORD COULD BE, IS THERE ANY WAY AROUND THE PASS WORD? THANK YOU!!

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No there isn't a way around. My advice: go back to where the yard sale was, find out whose the iMac was, and pester them to give you the password, or at least get them to change/remove it for you.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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