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    Recovering root password...

    I recently inherited a mac with Mac OS X but I can't use it because I don't know the deceaseds password. I used a tutorial to change the root password but I hit a hitch because at the login screen the root user isn't available.Is there a way I can get to a log in screen where I could type in the username and the password or something? The tutorial I used to change the password was:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...01217230925152

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    I do not know if this works for the MAC but with Unix if you reinstall the OS you have the oppurtunity to reset the root password -same for m$ 2k (administrator user).

    Hope that helps.
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    I don't have the os disc though...is there a way to do it without it?

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    So no-one can help?

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    I don't know about macOsX, but most unixes allow you to pass commands to the kernel with the bootloader..

    thn you should add something like init=/sbin/passwd and you can change the root password..

    I don't know about macOsX since I don't own a mac at the moment..
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    Yeah see like I said I already changed the root password but I can't access the root user....as in there is no login item for root because root hasnt been set up....

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    Hmmm, I know that in RH you can boot to single user mode and simply use the passwd command to change the password of the root account. Since OS X is really just BSD with a pretty gui, I wonder if something like this would work. I'd search the net for single user mode booting in OS X.

    Again, this is just a shot in the dark since you don't have the installation media.
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    Ok for the third time I've already gone to single-user mode and changed the root password but now I'm stuck as you can't login because there is no root account set up...

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    I just have one question.. sebii

    how can you change a password for a non existant account ?
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