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by gsuze19 / February 6, 2011 2:26 PM PST

I have recently decided to take my Macbook / Leopard out of the box after receiving it more than a year ago It's set to log on automatically when I open it / turn it on. I do not remember the password and can't change the setting without it.Now what ?

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Reset the password
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 6, 2011 9:06 PM PST
In reply to: BRAND NEWBIE

using the OS X restore disks that came with the Macbook.

Insert the DVD, shut down the computer, start it up and immediately hold down the "C" key.
Hold it down until you see the spinning gear.

Now that you have booted from the DVD, you will start the install process. Just move far enough along until you can see the Menu bar at the top of the screen.
Choose the Utilities option and Password reset. Follow the instructions from there.

Alternatively, as you say you have never used this machine before, you could just run the Restore disks and bring the machine back to its factory state.
Obviously someone has already done some work on this machine as the behavior you describe is not that of a brand new machine


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password setting
by gsuze19 / February 8, 2011 3:15 AM PST
In reply to: Reset the password

Thank you. After I restore to factory state what not to do to repeat what I'd done before. I am able to open the Mac and it automatically logs me on which is why I wanted to change the password.

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After the Restore,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 8, 2011 10:21 AM PST
In reply to: password setting

you will be guided through setting up the accounts and other things.

One question will be for the account name and the next will be for a password. This will be your account password and should be reasonably complex. Upper & lower case and a number or two.

Initially, if there is only one account, the machine will log you on automatically. This behavior can be changed in the Accounts preference pane.

But, if you do not want to go through the complete Restore process, you can reset the password by following the instructions given in my post above "Reset the password"


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Brand New Newbie Patience
by JessGless / February 18, 2011 10:47 AM PST
In reply to: BRAND NEWBIE


I had to laugh about your "patience" in opening ANY package. You must have the patience of Job!

Saying that you should have no problem conquering other problems on your MAC - if you have them.

Just log into these forums, state your problem, not forgetting to state your systems basic info, and sit back and "wait" for a reply.

I've used the OLD MacFixIt Forums for a long time and have saved untold hours and dollars with help from the people who have answers to my questions.

It is nice to be able to STILL welcome newbies to this world - even if some of us have to use Windoz(hack, cough) for a living!

Welcome to the world of MACs!!

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