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Troubleshooting Password Problem OS 10.4.11

When I boot my Mac I enter my password and it's not accepted, the hint questions also doesn't log me in.

How can I override, change or bypass this password, my Mac is locked.

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    i dont have cd

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Follow these steps -

1. Start up from a Mac OS X Installation CD (one with a version that is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed on your Mac).
You should first disable Open Firmware password protection, if it is enabled. Hold the C key as the computer starts.
2. From the Installer menu Choose "Reset Password" (if you have Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger this will be the "Utilities menu").
Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the CD yet.
3. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
4. Set the user name of your original administrator account.
Do not select "System Administrator (root)".
5. Enter new password.
6. Save.
7. Follow these instructions to set Keychain Access -
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1631

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Computer passwords are like locks on doors - they keep honest people honest. If someone wishes to gain access to your laptop or computer, a simple login password will not stop them. Most computer users do not realize how simple it is to access the login password for a computer, and end up leaving vulnerable data on their computer, unencrypted and easy to access.
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