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Old 05-04-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Reformatting a locked laptop

I have forgotten my password to get into my Powerbook, I don't have much on there so I am willing to reformat it. The only thing is that I bought it used and I don't have a CD for it. What can I do if anything.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reformatting a locked laptop

From what I can gather, you're pretty much stuck if you don't own a copy of a Mac OS X disc. You could try contacting Apple to see if they can help you.


To reset the password using the disc,
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc and restart the computer.
2. When you hear the startup tone, press and hold down the C key until you see the spinning gear.
3. In the Installer, choose Utilities > Reset Password.
4. Follow the onscreen instructions to change the password.
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From what I can gather, you're pretty much stuck if you don't own a copy of a Mac OS X disc. You could try contacting Apple to see if they can help you.


To reset the password using the disc,
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc and restart the computer.
2. When you hear the startup tone, press and hold down the C key until you see the spinning gear.
3. In the Installer, choose Utilities > Reset Password.
4. Follow the onscreen instructions to change the password.
I dont have no disc, This computer was bought used about three years ago.
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Looks like you'll need to call Apple as I had suggested.

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Old 05-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #5
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Looks like you'll need to call Apple as I had suggested.

Good luck!
Sorry I ddn't read your whole post. calling apple is my next step
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