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iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby MsMew » Nov 13, 2012 10:28 am

Hi everyone! I've been away from the Fence for a loong time, mostly due to a really stooopid mistake on my part which occurred some time in late Summer of 2012. Y'see, I'd accidentally locked my screen. shakylaff If my dear iMac had come with a bonafide manual, I'd have known within minutes how to obtain new password (couldn't remember original one which had never been committed to paper) to unlock my screen.

Using a PC is torture for me and I soon gave up feeble attempts to find help by Googling Apple sites. Is there an iMac user here who knows how to solve my password retrieval/reissue dilemma and can give very SIMPLE directions to this non-tecknified distressed nimrod?

Fervent thanks in advance,
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby davefrombc » Nov 13, 2012 11:55 am

Sorry, I can't help with your iMac..
I did find this site which I hope will do the trick ..

http://superuser.com/questions/435601/h ... r-password

Otherwise , the best I can do is suggest you take your iMac to an authorized Apple dealer and have them unlock it for you.
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby Heidi S » Nov 13, 2012 1:06 pm

Oh, an IMAC is considered 'vintage' in computer terms! I had great fun this summer dealing with the Apple staff at the Metrotown 'Genius Bar' - (apple service centre) in Burnaby and have to tell you, these young kids are really smart and can fix so much.

My 2007 ibook laptop was dying, and they managed to get it rolling again for minimal costs. If you can find your way to one of these storefront centres, haul your beastie in ASAP and have them look at it.

I can attest to their attention to detail and willingness to help you. They love dealing with the old, wrinklies like us! And they will fall for a good sob story and charge you very limited fees (I paid for parts only) cause I had a good story to tell. (refurbishing the laptop so I could give it to my elderly, frail Dad to keep tabs on him by Skype, since I live 800 km away and he has been ill).

The only problem is they are only located in major city malls - so I could only do this once in the greater Vancouver area.
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby B_BQ » Nov 13, 2012 3:13 pm

Hi:

We have a friend who is not too shabby when it comes to troubleshooting Apple products. I emailed him and he sent this back:

"She is going to need the original install disc for this to work:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274

She can do it if she also has another user admin account on the
computer (which is always a good idea).

She can also do it with anther mac, assuming it's not an iMac."


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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby kelly_m » Nov 13, 2012 7:51 pm

MareE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't help you but boy its good to hear....see your voice....typing......LOL
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby MsMew » Nov 14, 2012 1:53 pm

Egads and little fishes, K. And good to hear your bellow. LAFF!! Did a cursory read of what's been happening in past few months here on dear old "Patio" and CG forums in general and my brow is crinkled in concern. BTW, key FFFF into search engine. The "formidable" MareE? Is that what you called me somewhere? :twisted:

Thanks my dear Brenda for posting your friend's sound advice. And Dave, good link. Actually, I'd keyed in NO LINKS PLEASE but know that's offensively insensitive to some well-meaning folk and deleted before hitting SEND. :P I've spent spasmodic intervals trying to apply both solutions to my situ and truly require more early morning time to concentrate properly and thank you guys kindly for the bare bone guidelines. Major prob is that the screen is locked thus the Restore CD icon doesn't appear. What appears is the blasted password box.

Oh Heidi, I've cringed whenever told my 2009 iMac v.6 is considered "vintage". :x Last ditch effort will be taking him into an Apple clinic or some Genius Bar LOL LOL & snufflesniff Was hoping it wouldn't be necessary but "he ain't heavy, he's my brother".

You all know what it's like when you have time only to read but not comment, and I have a LOT of commenting to do once I'm back to my most recent self. You betcha yas! :mrgreen:

Gotta vamoose til' tomorrow,
MareE aka MsMEW;o}
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby davefrombc » Nov 14, 2012 2:40 pm

Here's another tutorial I copied from another website.
Since you don't like links I copied and pasted ( I prefer to give them to sites I know are legitimate..There's more information to be had from those help sites than can be reasonably copy & pasted.. Also the help sites should get the credit for helping )


Let’s say you totally forgot the password to log on to your Mac. Or maybe you purchased a used Mac from someone else and they’ve got it locked down. There are numerous ways to reset a password with no OS X discs.

This tutorial may ruffle some feathers, but it addresses a topic that a ton of people ask about all the time. Yes, it’s startling to think that anyone could theoretically walk up to your computer and gain access within minutes. Before you go thinking that Mac OS X has a severe vulnerability that makes it less secure than other operating systems, think again. Anyone with physical access to your machine (whether it is Windows, Linux, or Mac) can eventually find a way in if they know what they’re doing. There are ways of bypassing nearly any security measure when a hacker is literally sitting right in front of your system.

The information here has previously been made available from many different sources online and is presented with the intention of helping people with legitimate reasons for resetting their Mac OS X password. A few of the methods floating around the Mac community have been compiled here in one easy-to-reference place. System admins responsible for supporting entire organizations and users who bought used Macs are the folks most likely to benefit from this.

Important Note:
This tutorial was written for Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. Please check out the updated version of this post if you’re trying to reset the password on a Mac running 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Reset 10.5 Leopard & 10.6 Snow Leopard password

Power on or restart your Mac.
At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
This step is optional, but it’s a good idea because it checks the consistency of the hard disk before moving on. At the prompt, type fsck -fy and press Enter/Return. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step.
Type mount -uw / and press Enter.
Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist and press Enter.
Type ls /Users and press Enter. This lists all of the usernames on the computer – helpful if you don’t know or remember what these are.
Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password and replace “username” with one of the users displayed in the previous step. Replace “password” with a new password of your choice. Press Enter.
Type reboot and press Enter.

Reset 10.4 Tiger password

Power on or restart your Mac.
At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
Type sh /etc/rc and press Enter/Return.
Type passwd username and replace “username” with the short name of the user account for which you’d like to reset the password.
Type your desired password and press Enter. It won’t show itself on the screen, so be careful what you type. You will most likely have to enter it again to confirm.
Type reboot and press Enter.

Tricking your Mac into creating a new user account

Power on or restart your Mac (should work for any Mac OS X system).
At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
This step is optional, but it’s a good idea because it checks the consistency of the hard disk before moving on. At the prompt, type fsck -fy and press Enter/Return. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step.
Type mount -uw / and press Enter.
Type rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone and press Enter.
Type shutdown -h now and press Enter.

The third method of resetting your Mac’s password requires some additional explanation. Rather than simply changing the password like the previous two methods do, this one fools the operating system into believing it has never been started before. This means when you restart the machine, it will take you through the entire setup & registration process all over again. Do not worry, all of your pre-existing data is still available. Just continue with this process and do not choose the option to transfer or migrate information to the Mac.

Once you’re done, log in with your new admin account and go to System Preferences > Accounts. You may have to click on the lock icon in the lower-left corner before making changes here. You should see your original user account(s) in the left column. Try clicking on one of them to convert it to a standard user account (uncheck “Allow user to administer this computer”) and change the password. You should be able to successfully log in to that account now and access all of your files and programs. If you want, you can log back in with your new admin account and re-check the “Allow user to administer this computer” option in System Preferences to grant admin privileges to the original user again.

That should cover it! As always, remember messing with single-user mode and Terminal is risky and may lead to trouble if you make mistakes. Considering you’re already locked out of the computer, though, you’ll probably be willing to take your chances at this point.

One last thing… if you have a Keychain Access password, you will probably need to reset that as well. You can do this by selecting “login” under Keychains on the left and choosing Delete from the Edit menu. You’ll lose everything in the Keychain, but you’ll now be able to start fresh and add new ones.

I saved the link to the site if you want it posted or pm'd later .
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby Heidi S » Nov 14, 2012 6:20 pm

Heavens to Betsy, Dave, that rigamarole makes me very glad I have a spouse and son who are very computer literate, and when I have Mac problems, I just shout for them to come running! I also have problems using the PVR, DVD and such, so you will know that they come running fast - otherwise I start swearing and throwing things and they really want to avoid that process at all costs.

But, I am a great cook, decent gardener and wrangle old folks quite well, so they keep me around.

On that note, off to run up a new batch of freezer raspberry jam as the fellas just emptied the last one I had....
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby davefrombc » Nov 14, 2012 6:56 pm

Another reason I prefer PCs over over priced Macs :lol:
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Re: iMAC EXPERT NEEDED!!!

Postby kelly_m » Nov 14, 2012 7:07 pm

MsMew wrote:Egads and little fishes, K. And good to hear your bellow. LAFF!! Did a cursory read of what's been happening in past few months here on dear old "Patio" and CG forums in general and my brow is crinkled in concern. BTW, key FFFF into search engine. The "formidable" MareE? Is that what you called me somewhere?


HAHA!!! I do believe i did!! You are Formidably Fabulous!!!!

Ahhh...yes the past few months.......actually not much to read is there......LOL

You know crinkled brows cause wrinkles...... :P
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