Mac problems with password resetting and broken screens
August 25, 2009 2:37 AM Subscribe
Calling all Mac experts out there. I have a tricky one.
posted by wile e to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is a long one, but if you do have the time I would appreciate taking a look. There is a summary on the bottom for those that are less inclined to read through.
Ok, I have in my possession a Powerbook G4 in my possession. Original owner ran it over with a car. Laptop survived, screen did not. Original owner left it for dead. About a year later, I took it off his hands to work with on an external display. Works great, no irregular functionality.
The catch. I have to use the guest account as the original owner doesn't remember the admin password. So I borrowed a copy of Leopard from a friend and tried to reset the password from there. However since the install disk won't recognize the second monitor, I have to get lucky to pick the correct option to get to the Mac OSX Installer screen. From here I chose the password reset popup, reset the password for the admin account I wanted, and I restarted.
Now heres the fun part, when it rebooted, there no longer is any admin accounts. Only the guest account is available. I go back to the installer page and in the reset passwords dialog, no more accounts show for me to reset the password.
So my only option now is to do a complete reinstall of the OS. Except I do not see how from the installer page, and I without being able to use the external as the primary display I am stuck.
So as a summary:
Powerbook G4 with tiger and a broken screen that has no admin accounts anymore.
Need to either be able to make the external monitor as the primary not in the OS, but permanently.
To be able to do a complete clean install of Leopard on the system, with the catch of being done from an external monitor.
Now as a bonus question, if I were to disconnect the laptop screen, unplug it, would the computer default to the external display?