How to Unlock an Apple A1181 Laptop

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How to Unlock an Apple A1181 Laptop
Reset your Apple A1181 laptop's password to regain account access. (laptop image by Manika from

The Apple A1181 laptop, commonly known as the 2 gigahertz MacBook, comes with the Leopard operating system that includes the option of an administrator password to unlock the administrator account. If you happen to forget your password, you must use the installation disc that came with the laptop. Changing your administrator password can be accomplished if FileVault is not enabled, as FileVault is a encryption tool that prevents all users from accessing your Home folder. Your Home folder will be erased if you attempt to change your administrator password while FileVault is enabled.

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Things you need

  • Mac OS X Install CD

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  1. 1

    Insert the Mac OS X Install CD into your MacBook's disc drive and push the "Power" button on your laptop.

  2. 2

    Click "Restart" on the dialogue box, and hold down the "C" key on your laptop's keyboard while the computer restarts until the Installer window appears on your screen.

  3. 3

    Release the "C" key, and click your language in the language list. Click the arrow button to proceed to the next screen. Click "Utilities" on the menu bar at the top of the screen, and click "Reset Password" on the sub-menu.

  4. 4

    Click the "Macintosh HD" icon in the Reset Password window, and click the drop-down menu underneath the "Select User" section.

  5. 5

    Click your administrator name in the user list, and enter the new password in the "Password" and "Re-enter Password" field. Click the "Save" button, and click the red button in the top-left corner of the Reset Password window to close out of the window.

  6. 6

    Click "Mac OS X Installer" on the menu bar, and click "Quit Mac OS X Installer." Click the "Restart" button on the dialogue box to restart the computer and boot it in normal mode.

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