you do not state your version.
However, make a new passwordfile would work.
otherwise, connect at command-line of the host through telnet or at the terminal (not through a client) and use:
SQL*Plus: Release 188.8.131.52.0 - Production on Thu Jul 10 10:50:14 2003
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Oracle9i Enterprise Edition Release 184.108.40.206.0 - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning and OLAP options
JServer Release 220.127.116.11.0 - Production
sid:username> connect / as sysdba
sid:username> show user
USER is "SYS"
you can lead someone to something but they will never learn anything ...