I bought an EMac on craigslist last year and found out I needed a master password to install new software, updates, get itunes, etc. I do not know the password. What are my options to get a new password reassigned to me? I have OS X install software and not sure how to reinstall. Do I need to wipe out my hard drive and reinstall all my software or can I just insert a disc and get a new password?
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Re: reinstalling OS X software
Install a new OS. Insert OS X disc while holding down the "c" key on the keyboard. This should open the installer on the OS X disc. Do a "clean install". When the installation is finished and you are up and running, reinstall your other software. This should only take an hour or two depending on your computer. Now you have your own OS that is not cluttered up with another persons ****.
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Hi If you have the original install disk insert this and go to system Preferences and click on "start up disk" choose the Install disc and restart. When it is loaded and it has started from the disk go to the utilities menu and look for "Change master Password" go through the steps there. If you are unable to do this you may have no option but to Back-Up and re-Install the O/S.
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I called the product's support services, and was instructed on how to unlock, and boot up my eMac G4 1.0, OS X version without a startup disk. There are also several safe, and legal sites online that can assist you, with your current issue, hotspot wifi installing plus many other questions, and needs. Hope this info has been helpful in any way, and thank's for asking !
I could suggest you search for this under "Apple password reset" since I've written the solution several times in the last month, but for you, I'll do it again: You need to find Disk 1 of the operating system install disk set. The install disk set doesn't need to be the one that came with the computer, so long as it is OS 10.2 to OS 10.5 (PPC). However, some install disks are not compatible with the resolution setting of the graphics chip in some eMacs, so you may have difficulty reading the display. The reset procedure is as follows: Turn on the eMac, open the optical (CD or DVD) drive and place Disk 1 in it, then close the drive. Restart the eMac. As soon as the startup chime sounds, immediately hold down the option key and continue to hold it until a disk icon appears on the screen. Wait until the optical disk icon also shows up. Click on the optical disk icon, then click the arrow button. This will boot up the computer to the install disk. When the computer boots up to the install program, DO NOT DO ANYTHING IN THE INSTALL PROGRAM. Look in the Apple menu for the Reset password... item. You should see a selector menu for the account(s) on the computer. Select the administrator account and enter the new password (it can be left blank if you know nobody else will ever mess with your computer). Confirm the password, then quit and restart without holding down any keys. The computer should restart normally and you can log in to the administrator account with the new password. So long as you remember the new password, you can change it at any time using the "Accounts" pane in System Preferences.
You should format the internal hard disk and install a clean and fresh version of Mac-OS anyways and create a new user-account. If there is no install-disc included, try calling Apple, tell them your eMac's serial number (All eMac's have their serial numbers printed inside the disc drive door), and ask them if they have any replacement install discs for your model of eMac. Check out the Apple eMac support page or the Apple eMac support forum for more informations.
In OS X, if you're the administrative (or only) user, you can reset the admin/user password using the OS X installation disk #1. Put the disk in the CD drive & restart the eMac while holding the "C" key down (Restart is also on the Apple menu, top-left corner of your screen). When the Installer opens, click "Utilities" then Restart. When the Installer asks you what language, pick one (maybe English?) 8¬), click continue (arrow) then Utilities again & choose "Reset Password"; the system will guide you through the steps. Once you've reset the user password, restart the eMac, then you can log in using the new password. You'll probably want to reset your "Keychain" password to match your new login password – otherwise it'll ask for your password every time it needs one for a program. "Keychain Access" is in the 'Utilities' folder, which is inside the 'Applications' folder.
—> Important: if the old Users Home Folder was encrypted ("FileVault" protected), you'll need the old user's password, or the eMac's Master password to access the files in the Home Folder – otherwise, the Home folder's files will be lost. As a new user, you'll have your own Home Folder & access to all application programs.
Strong Warning: You should only enable root if you really really
need it, really know what it's for, and realize the security
implications of enabling root! You can do everything you need to do
with "su do", so root is really not needed ... with that said, here's
how to enable it - please understand what you're doing and why before
you do this!
The "root" user (also known as the superuser) is the most powerful UNIX
account. The root account can do anything to any file or folder,
anywhere on the system. For that reason, it's considered quite
dangerous, and only needs to be used (occasionally) by advanced users.
Because of the dangers of operating as root, Apple has chosen to hide
the root account in OS X Final. However, there are a number of ways to
enable it. The easiest is to boot off the install CD, and look under
the Install menu for the "Password Reset" option. You can use this to
change your own password if you forget it, and to enable the root
account. This utility will not run if you copy it to your hard drive! It only works when booting from the CD.
Sounds like some of your system files may have been corrupted. Restart your computer with you OS disc, and when it launches, go to the top menu and look for "Disk Utilitiy". Launch and see if you can repair the files that way. If not you may have to reinstall the system software. If so, choose the option that won't erase your info on your drive. Last resort is to wipe the drive clean and reinstall the OS fresh, but this will erase everything. Before erasing everything, if you have access to a second mac, you can connect the emac to the other mac via a firewire cable, turn on your emac in hard drive mode by starting it while holding down the "T" key. You'll get a firewire icon on the screen. Then turn on the second mac... you can off load any files to the second mac and then reinstall the OS via the OS discs. Best of success. k
This model has problems with the capacitor buldging and or exploading, check under the unti where the ram goes open up that capartment if you see any capcitors exploaded or buldging then its is going to need a new logic board, Since these units are out of warranty your best bet is to scrap it.. Mac had this problem and they agreed to fix it but its been more then 4 years so if you do not have extended warranty on it your out of luck.