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Reseting how do i reset my macbook. i juss brought it from someone and i notice they have a password on it and that person can't be contacted. so what can i do?

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    Well, my macbook hanged up. Waited so long (15mins) so I shut it down manually. But when it re-started, it asks now for name and password. I did! But to no avail. So I put the INSTALL disc, pressed C, and reset the password. I quit. Then re-started. BUT when i log in and put the new pasword, STILL i can't enter. Am very, very frustrated. Any solution for this? HEEELLLLLLPPPPP!!!!! please send reply to aelred@mozcom.com

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I've you've forgotten your Mac's admin account password, don't worry. Assuming you haven't locked out OpenFirmware, it's a pretty simple task to change your password back to something you know.
Here's how:

  • Hold Apple+S when booting to enter single user mode
  • #sh /etc/rc
  • #passwd yourusername
  • #reboot
If you can't recall your user name, you can either look in the /Users folder (the directories are named by user), or run "niutil -list . /users".
Also, on older systems the /etc/rc script isn't available, apparently. If that second step fails, try mounting and starting the base services manually:
  • #/sbin/fsck -y
  • #/sbin/mount -uw /
  • #/sbin/SystemStarter
I've had to do this a couple of times for friends when they've bought a second hand machine, and once when I had a momentary brain lapse and forgot my own password. Works like a charm, though you'll loose any passwords stored in your keychain.

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It worked for me, so i recommend this method over using the disc.

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Use a OSX boot disk hold down the C key when starting and under the file menu when you boot will be a reset password command.

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