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Old 01-05-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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lost computer login password for computer model d250-1958,

hi, this is my first time ever being in a questioning society but since im no computer genius i thought that i might give this a try...
for christmas my parents got both my younger sister and i acer mini computers, model d250-1958. my sister was trying to change her password that lets herself as a particular user log in. somehpw she messed up the password and its not what she thought it was and now she doesn't have any way of accessing anything. i thought that there might be an ovveride system or a reseting trick. i've looked in the manual but cant find anything of the sort for either of the two options...
does anyone have any suggestions?
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I don't even think the Acer Aspire One (d25-1958) has Linux on it. I think it's Windows XP. There is an Acer Aspire One that comes with Linux, however, but I don't think the d25-1958 does.

The Acer Aspire One with Linux uses Linpus Linux Lite. I checked the Linpus website, and found this information:
Originally Posted by FAQ from Linpus site
How can I reset the password? You will only need to use your password if you are going to use the command line and add programs. The default is 111111. Go to Settings and press Password; enter the default password and follow the instructions.
If you're actually using Windows XP and not Linux, then it might be wise to look elsewhere for assistance. You're best bet either way is to contact the manufacturer (Acer) or the store you or your parents bought it from.
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if your computer is running windows xp then you can try orphcrack. I had it come in useful several times trying to get passwords back from both windows xp and vista (just make sure you download the right version). you'll need to burn the live image to cd or put it onto a usb stick (instructions should be on site)
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If you sister's computer has XP, you could try rebooting an pressing F8 for the safe mode. From there, try logging into the "Administrator" account with no password.
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As tonight is Twelfth Night, and it's been just 12 days since Christmas, is there anything on that machine that can't be readily recreated, re-downloaded or re-Googled?

It may be easiest to just restore the system back to its factory state.
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Originally Posted by jschiwal View Post
If you sister's computer has XP, you could try rebooting an pressing F8 for the safe mode. From there, try logging into the "Administrator" account with no password.
This is a very good suggestion. It's not guaranteed to work as sometimes there is a password set. There is a tool here: that is supposed to get you your password, but I've never tried it. The easiest method is jschiwal's, I've used this a lot on the job when I was working with a computer and a housesitter.


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