Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 1 decade ago

Mac Os x leopard administrator and password forgotten or lost?

I know that others have had this problem but I have not found the right answer yet...

I have a new Macbook with OS X leopard system installed, I want to load on new program's like garage band and photoshop cs however every time I try and install these a box pops up asking for administrator name and password I try typing these in but am told that it is the wrong info. I have tried resetting the password (press c with OS X CD in when restarting) and also using command s when turning on the mac and finding out the administrator it says "User root#" so I tried using this but still no result. This is really starting to frustrate me now. I would like to know how others have solved this problem.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Matters not whether you have Garage Band installed or not. Forgotten password needs a solution, if not today then some day soon so let's just do it.

    You were on the right track to boot to the install DVD (not sure why you call it CD) to reset your password or, for that matter, the root password. Are you sure you enabled root user? It is not an active system user when you first turn on a new MacBook. You would have had to go through some deliberate steps to activate it. Normally only very advanced Mac users, like me :) go to this trouble. There is nothing about enabling root user that will affect your chances of resetting your normal admin password.

    You don't mention why booting to the DVD failed. It should succeed unless your install disc is damaged or it is not the one that came with your MacBook. I will continue on the assumption you cannot use your DVD to reset the password.

    To reset the root user password, restart and hold ⌘ and S That starts the Mac in "Single-user mode". You'll know you are seeing single-user mode because the screen will fill up with white geeky text on a black background. Release the two keys when you see this. Wait until the last line says "sh-2.05a#" or "Localhost%#" and then follow the steps below. Don't type the " marks and be careful to type any spaces.

    Type: "/sbin/mount -uw /"

    Press Return.

    Type: "/sbin/SystemStarter"

    Press Return.

    (You will then see various services starting up.)

    When the Localhost%# prompt reappears,

    Type: "passwd root"

    Press Return.

    Type whatever you choose for a new root password.

    Press Return.

    Type: "reboot"

    OK, if you didn't really activate root user, but you just want to reset your admin user password (and still can't boot to the DVD), restart and hold two keys together: Command key (⌘) and the "S" key. Wait until the last line says "sh-2.05a#" or something similar. Then go ahead with the steps below. Don't type the " marks and be careful to type any spaces.

    Type "/sbin/mount -uw /"

    Press Return. (Nothing appears to happens, no problem. Also, you will see # again. That's fine; ignore it.)

    Type "rm /var/db/.applesetupdone" (The normal format of Mac OS doesn't care about upper case.)

    Press Return.

    Type "reboot"

    Press Return. (Now stuff appears to happen.)

    You will finally get past the "Welcome" in a dozen languages and then you can create a new admin user. It should be a different short name from your old user.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hati, Garage Band is already on the MacBook. It comes preinstalled. Unless you removed it, it is already on there. Photoshop CS may install but barely work. It is an old version. You may have the version that is good only for the older PPC not the new Intel Macs. I'd suggest getting the budget version called Photoshop Elements 6.

    As to resetting the password, it should be as simple as inserting the MacOs X DVD that came with the MacBook, holding down the "c" key and restarting. You can access the system preferences and the accounts section. If your MacBook has a "root" password, this will not work. There is an added security feature on the Macs which will not allow people who to reset passwords unless you know the "root" password. It helps when MacBooks get stolen etc. and someone wants to bypass security features. If you have set the "root" password, and you don't remember it, you'll have to take it to an Apple store to have them work on it.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Hey try

    Command-S Key on startup

    /sbin/mount -uw /

    var /db/.AppleSetupDone


    this will make u have a new Admin account.

  • 3 years ago

    i don't very own a Mac anymore, yet as quickly as element that does artwork (if reinstalling is all you have have been given), installation OS X to a 2nd partition or stress and replica over your records from the previous installation (all your significant records). Then merely format the previous partition and resize the hot one to absorb the area.

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