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When I want to install something, it asks for a password and I don't know what the password is.

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Hi,

You'll be surprised how easy it is to change the administrator(known in Unix parlance as "root") password on a Mac OS X Tiger,Panther, etc., computer. The key to unlocking your system is the Mac OS X install disk.

If you don't have this disk, then your best bet is to buy a copy ofMac OS X, even though you already have the OS installed on yourcomputer (you could try calling Apple (800 SOS-APPL) and asking for areplacement boot disk too). One smart way to accomplish this: look for Mac OS X on eBay. You might also ask yourself if you need to run Tiger, or whether Panther would work for you - it'd be a lot cheaper.
Once you have an install disk in hand, double click on the Install Mac OS icon and you'll get a window with a big graphic (this is one place where Apple isn't subtle!) and a restart button. Click on it, and your PowerBook will restart and go straight to the install process.
But don't install the OS again! Just click through windows farenough until you get the regular set of choices on the menu bar. One ofthose menus is Utilities and one of the choices on that menu is Reset Password....


That is the only way your going to be able to install anything on the Mac.


Good luck.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 12, 2009

    You can also try the default password which should be root

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