10.3./no open firmware pw needed?!

Posted:
in Mac Software edited January 2014
installed the panther yesterday, placed the cd into my iBook, re-boot as wanted, installing was running fine...



OOOPS!



meanwhile i realized, that i had installed the open firmware software from apple on my portable, in case it is stolen, you cannot start from cd.



but you can...-



no clean install, just actualizing my system.



final result is very good and running ...- but, how does a password protection makes sense without password...?!



bug? user failure? feature (user recog by telepathy)?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    Did you at any time install or remove RAM?
  • Reply 2 of 3
    k_munick_munic Posts: 357member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by JLL

    Did you at any time install or remove RAM?



    well, when i bought the iBook i placed another 512Mb



    someone in another forum told me, it worked because i typed my admin pw on a "system level" - therefore you can restart from cd without giving the firmware pw...



    no idea, but as described - it worked....



    conclusio:

    be careful with passwords
  • Reply 3 of 3
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by k_munic

    well, when i bought the iBook i placed another 512Mb



    someone in another forum told me, it worked because i typed my admin pw on a "system level" - therefore you can restart from cd without giving the firmware pw...



    no idea, but as described - it worked....



    conclusio:

    be careful with passwords




    It's just that altering the RAM amount disables the password, but it sounds reasonable that it worked because you typed your password before rebooting.
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