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Lost admin password for apple mac os x 10.5.2

Also lost installation disk.

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  1. Boot into single user mode (press Command-S at power on)
  2. Type fsck -fy
  3. Type mount -uw /
  4. Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
  5. Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password, replacing username with the targeted user and password with the desired password.
  6. Reboot

Posted on Nov 20, 2011

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    1. Boot into single user mode (press Command-S at power on)
    2. Type fsck -fy
    3. Type mount -uw /
    4. Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
    5. Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password, replacing username with the targeted user and password with the desired password.
    6. Reboot
    Solution found at mac os x hints

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U know without the disk there's nothing you can do

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Here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD.
the Working solution for me was to create a new admin
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You need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

1. Reboot
2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime.
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Here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD.
the Working solution for me was to create a new admin
you can create new admin like this by deleting a specific file.

You need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

1. Reboot
2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime.
(command + s keys on newer Macs)
3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):

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4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and your good to go again!

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1. Reboot 2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime. (command + s on newer Macs) 3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):
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4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and your good to go again!
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