How do I change my OS X password?

Rod Fritz February 18, 2012

I have an older iBook that is locked with a password. It has been sitting a long time, and now that I want to use it, I don’t have the password. I tried to use the disc, but it is scratched too bad to read.

I don’t want to sell it as parts and don’t want to take it to a computer shop because there isn’t a local Apple repair shop.

What should I do?

  1. Anonymous
    February 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    With Single User Mode this is really easy. Basically just running a few commands.

    I did a video on it here:

    And wrote some instructions here:

    • Rod
      February 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks, Now my iBook isn't a boat anchor 

      • Anonymous
        February 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        Good to hear it helped :)

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      great work and video.

      • Anonymous
        February 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Thank Ya, I could have down some better editing and less AHHHH.... Hopefully I will get better at it eventually :)

  2. Anonymous
    February 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD
    here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD. You need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:
    Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.
    When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):
    mount -uw /
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    shutdown -h now
    After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you're good to go again!

  3. Karkala Nayak
    February 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hello Rod,

    I Found your answer in this website check it::(You need to scroll down here and you will find the answer::) 

    If that doesn't work then here is another instruction set 

    I hope it helped..

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