Lost Mac Master Password

I have a powerbook and have lost the master password and the admin pw is not working.  I have tried several routines to reset the admin password but each wants the master password. Is there a way to get past this or do I need to wipe my computer and start over? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
This mac is on 10.6.8.
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Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Do you have FileVault turned on? If so, and you don't remember the password, you're pretty much screwed and will have to reformat. If you don't, you can start up the computer in Target Disk Mode (hold down the T key as it chimes) and do a reset of the User password.
DaveKall42Author Commented:
Ya, I can reset the user but the FileVault keeps jumping in the way when I try and login.  I am getting pretty much the same info as I have been researching.  FileVault is setup not to be able to be circumvented.  Oh well....
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Yeah, like I said, if you have FileVault enabled, your only option is to find the recovery key. Otherwise the encryption on the data is pretty solid and would take a lot of specialized computing power to circumvent... and that's probably only feasible/possible if the password is pretty weak.

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Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Sorry man, that sucks.
DaveKall42Author Commented:
Where might the recovery key be found?
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
It's either stored in iCloud (if you selected that option when you turned on FileVault) or it's a long string of digits that you would have had to write down. Hope this helps.
Its possible the Apple might have it.
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
If they have it, it's because you stored it with your AppleID. You should be given that choice to unlock the drive. I doubt Apple will hand it over to you... it will need to be retrieved with the email and password of the AppleID you used.
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