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#1 redlinedave

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:22 AM

i got a used Ibook I cant put any apps on it because it keeps asking for
the master password before I can install anything.I can return it to the store until Jan 10th
after that Im stuck with it.
Any way to over ride pass word
running 10.4
or  how can I retrive it
Ill I get is hint "bens moms name"

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:33 AM

Who's Ben?

Just kidding. The password is "Julia."

Still kidding (but it could be right). Can you re-install the OS from CD?

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 11:20 AM

The store owner should know who he bought it from ...
and at least he should be able to contact the previous owner ...

(if it's not hot)

Just kidding.

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#4 redlinedave

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:05 PM

called store allready no luck
Mac store said they could fix it but I dont want to give them my money

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:07 PM

Ive tryed every Mom name out there no luck so far

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:10 PM

can you search all "text & "document" files for:  Ben

(case sensitive)

he may have his last name in there which you could look in telephone book (or on-line)
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 03:58 PM

His last name is Dover
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 04:04 PM

[user=637]kdog[/user] wrote:

His last name is Dover

:moondance:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Dover

 


 
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 05:59 PM

You need a Tiger (10.4) or later install DVD. Beg borrow or buy one and then startup the ibook from the DVD by holding the "C" key during startup. Then when the installer wants to install a new system, you can instead choose change password from the Utilities pulldown menu on the first screen (after selecting the language of your choice-It says"Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer"). Very simple process, and you don't "Have" to reinstall the OS(unless there are other problems). Then restart and you should be golden! Or this time of year, maybe a good porter?

The store that sold this should have been able to do this... ?

Good luck!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:07 PM

try b#$ch or milf POSSIBLY THE BEST WAY TO OVERIDE IS TO GET URSELF A COPY OF THE OS ON CD oops sorry for the caps and reinstall os from boot better yet sell it
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:34 AM

I know this is an old post, but am just curious as to whether or not you solved the problem. 

Wouldn't it be a hoot if that password was actually MOM, mom, Mom, etc.?  After all, it was Ben's computer and his own mother....

If everything else was on the computer, you might have been able to check out network settings and/or locations and pull up an IP address?  Sounds like there might be a whole lot of information about Ben still on that system.  Poor Ben.

If the store wouldn't fix it for free, I'd return it and let them know what the problem was.  Bet they'd fix it and you could then buy it back.

What store did you buy this at?  Sure sounds like they don't do much of what you'd expect to be done on a resale.  You certainly wouldn't want them selling a system you'd owned and hadn't wiped clean before the fact.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:52 PM

Boot into single-user mode. After turning on the computer, hold down Command-S until you get a text prompt (the # character on a line) on the screen.

Check the filsystem: fsck -y

Remount the boot drive as read-write: mount -uw /

Start up most of the system (but not the graphics).
In Tiger, type: sh /etc/rc
In Panther, use these commands:
/usr/libexec/register_mach_bootstrap_servers /etc/mach_init.d
(cd /var/db/netinfo ; netinfod -s local)
SystemStarter
In earlier versions, just the SystemStarter command should suffice.

Change the password of the account you want to access: passwd username where username is the short name of the account you want.


Edit: Just damn, I can't believe I didn't notice this was a year old thread before I wasted my time. Oh well. It's an appliance site not a computer site. I need to remember this going forward...... I just answered the "newest" post.

EditII: Guess I don't need to check any of the other computer help topics to see if I can help........

Edited by DeathStalker, 18 December 2010 - 07:54 PM.


#13 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 09:03 PM

The nice thing about posting in a forum is that the information is always there and, in a sense, timeless. That was some great info and will definitely help someone. Thanks for posting it! :dude:

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:21 PM

Yeah, I know lol. I just felt silly for not noticing the date. Where's my sign?




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