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I own a vintage "LC II" (a.k.a. "Macintosh Performa 400") with System 7.x installed years ago. Unfortunately I'm not able to log in anymore, because after the initial boot the screensaver fires up and locks the screen with a password.

I would like to know either if:

  1. there are any key combinations or such to "unlock" screensaver/log in?

  2. there are any key combinations to "reset things"?

  3. there is a easy–to–follow guide to create installation floppies to re-install from scratch?

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Do you have access to another machine with a floppy drive? Apple does provide the Mac OS 7.5.3 floppy images and I've used those to do a fresh install before. There's likely a less-drastic solution though. –  Stephen Rudolph Oct 18 '12 at 16:03
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Does booting with extensions off help? I think you press Shift after it chimes to disable extensions. –  lhf Oct 18 '12 at 16:46
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There are a couple options.

lhf is right -- holding down shift will disable all extensions on startup in System 7.x. If you are running OS 7.5, holding the shift key will bring up the extensions manager, allowing you to choose the extension you want to shut off.

If that does not work, you can boot from a disk as if you were going to install software. You can download Mac OS 7.5.3 from Apple. You technically only need the first disk to boot. Once you create the disk from the first image, boot from it by holding down command and option.

That should boot into a very minimal version of System 7.5 and bypass the screensaver.

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Thanks for your answer. I will try this out ASAP and let you know. –  exalted Oct 19 '12 at 7:21
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