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  1. #1
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    anybody an expert on macs?

    hello people:

    i have a mac g5 with an osx. my current problem is that when i first got it for christmas, i was playing with it and it asked to put a password in. long story short, i can't install new programs because i don't remember my password.

    is there a way to reformat my g5 so i can get rid of the password?


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    Couple of options for ya:

    Changing your password
    If your computer is set up for multiple users, and if automatic login is not turned on for your account, you must type your password to log in to the computer.

    If you are the administrator of your computer, you can change your password and the password for other user accounts.

    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Accounts.
    If the preferences pane is locked, click the lock icon and type an administrator name and password.
    Click Change Password.
    Click in the Old Password box and type your Old password.
    Click in the New Password box and type your New password.
    Click in the Verify box and type your new password again.
    Type a hint to help you remember your password. If you have trouble remembering it the next time you log in, you'll see the hint.
    Click Change Password.
    You can use Password Assistant to help you choose a new password. Click the key button to the right of the Password field to see how secure your new password is.
    And...if you forget your password:

    I forgot a password in my Keychain
    If you forget a password that has been stored in Keychain Access, you can have Keychain Access decode it and display it for you.

    IMPORTANT: Take care not to forget the password for your keychain.

    By default, the keychain password is the same as your user account password.

    To display your passwords in Keychain Access:
    Open Keychain Access located in Applications/Utilities, and click the Passwords category. If you want to reduce the number of passwords in the list, click the triangle next to the Passwords category and choose the type of password.
    Double-click the password you want to display.
    Select the "Show password" checkbox.
    Enter your keychain password.
    To display your password just this time, click Allow Once. Or, to always display your password in Keychain Access, click Always Allow.
    But wait, there's more!

    To get to all of this: Go to "System Preferences"> Accounts> hit the little lock at the bottom so that you can edit> then that box with the "System Preferences requires that you type your password" box appears and at the lower left corner, is the "?" and you hit that for "Mac Help" to appear.

    And all of your questions will be answered!

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    This might be a wild guess but from the description it looks like the problem is the administrator password and not an user-account password.

    That might be a bigger problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Mario View Post
    This might be a wild guess but from the description it looks like the problem is the administrator password and not an user-account password.

    That might be a bigger problem.
    in that case you can check here. this seems interesting for you in particular.

    (back up your files before doing anything just in case.)

    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)

    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    Fuck backgrounds, who needs em.

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    Resetting your password

    As long as you didn't set a firmware password (probably not).

    Insert your system CD/DVD that came with the computer. Restart the computer with the 'c' key held down, this will force it to boot from the optical drive. Once you get the apple on the screen you can let go of the C, it will take longer than usual to boot.

    In the first few screens if you check the menu's at the top you should see an option for resetting passwords, when you launch the utility it will show a list of the accounts on your computer and you can reset the passwords.

    if you can't find it, let me know and I'll post some screen shots of it.

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