PowerBook G4 no password or install discs

blueslover - Jul 6, 2008 at 12:29 PM
 oliverqueen - Mar 8, 2020 at 07:43 PM
I bought a PowerBook G4 from an individual without the install discs. I don't have the system password either. I need to delete the previous owner's info and set it up for me.
I 've reviewed previous discussions here but the instructions aren't working other than the disc check command. Can someone give me more detailed info on what to enter?

3 replies

Oct 12, 2009 at 03:55 AM
All you need is nothing: OK, restart your computer, hold down Command-S and type in the following:

/sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
/sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
reboot [Enter]

Once you've done that the computer reboots and ask you to set up an admin password. From there you just change all other account passwords in the account preferences
Oct 12, 2009 at 03:58 AM
accidently entered between the fsck and -y

should look like this:

/sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
wheretheresawilltheresaway > savesthedayguy
Oct 23, 2009 at 01:59 AM
are there space in it like this /sbin/fsck -y or is it /sbin/fsck-y, same after the rm
inhimweliv > wheretheresawilltheresaway
Feb 6, 2010 at 06:30 PM
You are a life saver! Much mahalo for your post. I've been a pc for years and was having problems with p/w issue on this used pb-g4...it was getting frustrating.

This was a supper fix!

Thank you
julianicole415 > savesthedayguy
Nov 15, 2009 at 12:48 AM

So, everything works until a certain point:

After I enter:
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]

it says "no such file or directory."

Can anyone help? I have a powerbook G4 running OSX 10.5.... living overseas in Taiwan and this poor baby is my only connection to back home :( that and there aren't any "MAC" guys here...

helper > julianicole415
Nov 15, 2009 at 05:44 PM
you have to write rm the hit space and continue the rest you must have forgotten to hit space in between rm and the /var
Restart with OS X disk and hold down c. You can reset the password with the disk.
Even after trying this pressing C,still it is in Password field,i loaded the disk utility 1 as well,no help,i did upgrade the OS to Leopard,is this causing a problem,i dont no exactly?
What about if I do not have the disk?
Do anybody have iLife '08 or OS-10.4 I can buy?
I have iLife '09 I can swap for iLife '08
I was able to create a new username and password, but now it seems that I may have lost all of my daughter's years of data.

Does this wipe the hard drive?

If not, how do I bring her stuff back up?

She is going to freak out if I tell her that several years of information is gone. I was supposed to back this information up .... I fear that critical information could be lost.

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Basically ... the optical drive was broken ... I forgot her password ... was simply trying to install the security upgrades, etc.