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Can anyone help me get into a password protected Mac?
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Mar 20, 2001, 05:17 PM
 
The designer I work with is out of the country for 1 week and I am unable to reach him. He has his Mac setup for multi-user use and even gave me a username and password. He did not give me access to some programs and files that I need to use, however, so there lies the problem.

I need to be able to use another program and some files but I don't have his password and I don't have a way of getting in touch with him. I also don't have the Mac OS CD because that is locked in his desk (I know, this is a real comedy of errors).

If someone can help I would really appreciate it.

(I originally posted this topic with a vague title AND in the wrong forum, so that is why I am posting this again and apologize for the other topics)
     
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Mar 20, 2001, 05:45 PM
 
couldn't you just boot the machine with extensions disabled, remove the multiple users-related ones from the extensions folder, and then restart the machine?

-r.
     
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Mar 20, 2001, 06:03 PM
 
I don't know.

I don't have a Mac yet, I am buying a TiPB after July's MacWorld NYC, so I am not sure how to do that.

If you give me instructions I will try and tell you how it worked .

Let me tell you this though, I do not have access on my login name to the Extensions Manager, I only have access to the programs that I use on his computer so that is my problem.

Like I said if anyone can help that would be great. I guess I always can wait until he gets back Monday.

[This message has been edited by shadybirdstan (edited 03-20-2001).]
     
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Mar 20, 2001, 10:50 PM
 
Booting with the extensions off, won't get you anywhere.

It will simply pop up a box that says "Booting with extensions off, please enter owner's password."

Having the MacOS CD would be the best way to get around it.
     
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Mar 21, 2001, 07:58 AM
 
Yup, boot from the CD.
If that won't work, boot from another Mac in FireWire Target Disk Mode if you have FireWire and another Mac available - I haven't tried that, the idea just occured to me right then. Give it a go.
If you have access to the File Sharing control panel, you can change the admin password without having to confirm it
Talk about a security hole.

Cipher13
     
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Mar 21, 2001, 10:14 AM
 
Ahhh, crap.

I don't have the Mac OS CD because that is locked in his desk.

Looks like I will just have to wait until Monday.

Thanks everyone for the help!

Edit:

I'M A MEMBER!!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

[This message has been edited by shadybirdstan (edited 03-21-2001).]
     
   
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