How can set my power mac g4 up so as that i'm the owner ....and why can't i download programs,or change my os default broweser
I assume that you didn't get any disks with it either. Taking full control without disks is tricky, however you can take majority control - as long as you know the admin password.
Open system preferences (under the Apple menu) and select USERS.
You need to add a new user and to do that you have to unlock the padlock at the bottom-left of the panel that opens up. To unlock the padlock you need the admin password.
Assuming you have it, click the padlock - endter the password and then you can add a new user. Make sure you set it so that the new user can ADMINISTER THIS COMPUTER. Create a new password for the new user. Then underneath the name of the original user you will have the name of the new user and in smaller letters underneath each name you should see "Admin" If you don't see admin under the new user go back and check the Administer bit - NOT Standard User.
If everything is OK so far, look just above the pad;lock and you should see a small penel saying "LOG-IN OPTIONS". Click there and change the auto log-on to the new user name. Now close the windows (red button) and go back to the Apple Menu and select "RESTART"
When the Mac retarts it should come up with a completely different desktop and very few icons. Go back to the USERS control panel and go through the same routine we just used to add the new user but this time delete the original user.
You, the new user, are now in charge. You can download, install and do anything you want but the computer may still appear on a network as "Old user's Co,mputer"
To change the default browser, open Safari, go to Safari preferences and change the setting there. It's an odditty that Apple put the setting there - but there's nothing wrong with Safari as the default.
If you don;t know that Admin password you will need an Installation CD/DVD in order to change it.
Jan 16, 2012 |