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Old 01-29-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
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I've tried doing this Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD — Apple News, Tips and Reviews and this How to reset your Mac OS X password without an installer disc | MacYourself but so far no luck. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:07 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Assuming you are running OS X 10.5 or 10.6. If not, speak up!

Are you typing all of that stuff into a Terminal window or typing it blindly?
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
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I got the 10.5.8 OS...

When I turn the PC on I press the apple + s key and get the terminal screen. I follow the instructions on the tutorial but it seems like its not working....
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:29 PM
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I got the 10.5.8 OS...

When I turn the PC on I press the apple + s key and get the terminal screen. I follow the instructions on the tutorial but it seems like its not working....
Taking a guess here, are using the SHORT name of YOUR user in place of "user" in that path?

And then after you change that, are you trying to login in as that user?
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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The password is changed in you account in the System Preferences. No idea why you are using the Terminal.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274

But be careful of what passwords you change (see the blue-color links at the end of the page above):

a. Admin password
b. User password
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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I got the 10.5.8 OS...

When I turn the PC on I press the apple + s key and get the terminal screen. I follow the instructions on the tutorial but it seems like its not working....
What is the date stamp on the file

/var/db/.AppleSetupDone

#pwd
/var/db
# ls -ail .A*
543038 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 0 Mar 28 2010 .AppleCustomMac
399003 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 233 Mar 28 2010 .AppleInstallType.plist
543768 -rw------- 1 root wheel 1082 May 6 2010 .AppleSetupDone
543569 -r-------- 1 root wheel 0 May 6 2010 .AutoBindDone

Is it today's date or the date the system was setup? Permissions 600?

Do you still have root's password? If you do why not just keep it simple, su up to root and use the passwd command?

PASSWD(1) BSD General Commands Manual PASSWD(1)

NAME
passwd -- modify a user's password

SYNOPSIS
passwd [-i infosystem [-l location]] [-u authname] [user]

DESCRIPTION
The passwd utility changes the user's password. If the user is not the super-user, passwd first prompts for the current password and
will not continue unless the correct password is entered.

When entering the new password, the characters entered do not echo, in order to avoid the password being seen by a passer-by. The
passwd utility prompts for the new password twice in order to detect typing errors.

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