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4.3.3 Entering a Password in the Front End

In order to run Mathematica, you must have a mathpass file containing a valid password. This file is created automatically when you enter a password in the front end password dialog box. This dialog box appears whenever you try to run Mathematica without a valid license. This can happen in any of the following situations.

  • You are starting Mathematica for the first time after installation.

  • The mathpass file has been moved or modified.

  • The license server specified in the mathpass file cannot be found on the network.

  • The license server is on the network, but MathLM is not running.

  • The license server is on the network, but all process slots are already in use.

Once the front end password dialog box appears, you have the option of entering a single-machine password or a network password. A network password is the name or IP address of a license server on which MathLM is running.

To enter a network password via the front end:

1. Launch Mathematica. The front end password dialog box appears.

2. Click the radio button marked Network License. Then enter the name or IP address of the license server in the space provided.

3. Click OK. Mathematica launches and is ready for use.

To enter a single-machine password via the front end:

1. Launch Mathematica. The front end password dialog box appears.

2. Click the radio button marked Single Machine. Then enter your name, the name of your organization, and your license number in the text boxes provided. The license number is printed on the license certificate included in the Mathematica box. Click OK when you are done.

3. Enter your password in the space provided. Contact Wolfram Research to obtain a password (see Section 1.4.2 for details). You will need the MathID shown in the dialog box and the license number printed on your license certificate. Click OK when you are done.