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Used Mac Mini - can't reset passwd / boot from DVD

 
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jezzy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Used Mac Mini - can't reset passwd / boot from DVD Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I picked up a used mac mini, seller said he removed the password.. it seems he only removed it from the logon screen.

I'm unable to do any admin tasks, it asks for a password.

I tried forcing a boot with some of my dvd's, even forced a terminal, etc.. and none of the option keys seem to work at bootup?

it's a late 2006 mini
leopard # 10.5.8

I can get into the terminal, but without root or admin password i'm stuck.

What can I do? i have original dvd's from my wife's macbook (c2d 2.0 intel) and original dvd's from my mbp early 2011 15" i7 quad..

thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OS X (10.5): Changing or resetting an account password

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eigafan wrote:
OS X (10.5): Changing or resetting an account password

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274


Thanks but tried it and didn't work. I was unable to get the boot menu at the beginning after pushing "c".

Luckily I had a copy of mac os x 10.6 on dvd, and when I put it in, I saw in system preferences, there's startup disk, thankfully it let me change the startup disk to the dvd and rebooted, and it worked! I was able to change the root password but I formatted the hd and installed snow leopard instead.

thanks for the reply.
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