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Old 01-19-2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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Hello Everybody,
I am here for the first time and also with the linux for the first time.
Today I bought Acer 3690 and it came with linux. i haven't rcvd. any cd's with it. I am starting this laptop for the first time and after few sentences something comes like this:
[root@localhost /]#


so what command should i give now so that i can go ahead and can enter into the programs?
For the first time I have seen linux and I dont know how to proceed ahead to strat this computer?
I am online rightnow on another computer.
If anybody's online, plz. help me regarding this matter.
Thanks in anticipation.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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I have never bought a computer with Linux preloaded yet, but this looks as if you are already in a root session right at startup...

Did you get any logins or passwords with your PC?

Maybe you can specify a new password for root by typing:
Code:
passwd
(root=admin)

Do you at least know what Linux distribution you got with the PC?

edit:
Wait, try doing CTRL+ALT+F7.
Maybe it will work. It's a keyboard shortcut to get to the GUI.

Otherwise wait for a linux pro who knows exactly what to do. ^^

Last edited by [KIA]aze; 01-19-2007 at 03:51 PM.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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i tried

Thanks buddy for your efforts.
I tried passwd command.
But it states:
passwd:Module is unknown

now i am having [root@localhost root]#
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #4
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And I haven't rcvd. any passwords or logins with this notebook.

ok, what should i do if i dont want linux and i want to install windows XP on this notebook?
Do you have any idea?
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:08 PM   #5
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You'll either have to get familiar with the command line quickly (you're at what is called a root ('superuser') prompt that lets you do practically everything - not the best place to start experimenting if you want to make sure to keep your system running) or else (re-)install something (preferably Linux ) that's a more friendly (you're in a bare bones environment right now - while it is a possible place to start, it may not be what you want right now). Try Ubuntu; the specs of that machine allow for a fully fledged distribution (you don't have to go for mini distribution). Ubuntu comes as a live CD (a full operating system running from CD-ROM) that can be installed right from the live environment directly by clicking an icon on the desktop (yes, a desktop - not a command prompt). If you don't know how to burn a CD from an ISO file, look here.

Edit:
If you bought this computer new, I'd suggest talking to the dealer about manuals; try
Code:
# uname -a
to get an idea what's running on the notebook, maybe someone can relate...

Edit II:
The Ctrl+Alt+F7 idea is a good one - though there's no reason why a system with a running GUI should drop you to the command line by default! I hope you get successful. However, this looks like a machine in single user mode - something like failsafe booting? I guess as long as you didn't want what you got there, you might as well start over and get a grip on what's going on from the beginning...

Last edited by MoonMind; 01-19-2007 at 04:13 PM.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:09 PM   #6
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If you don't want linux, it makes it really simple. You just put the xp install disc in the cdrom, boot from the cd.

When you are asked where you want to install it. Just delete all the previous partitions, format it to ntfs and install. You're all set. Xp will automatically fix your mbr and whatnot. I think thats what you mean....
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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Can you tell us how you bought this computer? It seems odd that anyone would sell a laptop setup so that noone could even login....

First, please know that there are lots of Linux versions that are much more friendly than what you are seeing. Have patience....

Try typing this to see what Linux is installed:
more /boot/grub/menu.lst
In the output, look for names like RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu, etc. Post here what you see.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:21 PM   #8
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Ya, I bought this notebook today from a shop and its new.
I am not good at all in programming and I think windows would be much easier for users like me.
After going in setup by applying F2, I am in boot now.
Here I have options:
1) IDE 2: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T10N-
2) IDE 0: Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00-(
3) USB CDROM:
4) USB FDD:
5) Network Bo Broadcom MBA
6) USB HDD:
7) USB Key:

So for installing Windows Shall I select USB CDROM at its first priority?
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:24 PM   #9
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HI Pixellany,
I gave the command that u suggested.
I got the following:
sh:more/boot/grub/menu.lst: No such file or directory
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:27 PM   #10
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And ya, on one of the leaflet with notebook, its written that it is LINPUS LINUX.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:28 PM   #11
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Quote:
'sh:more/boot/grub/menu.lst: No such file or directory '
You need a space between 'more' and '/boot...'. It sounds like you're in single user mode, meaning whoever sold you the laptop didn't sell it with a properly working Linux distribution. It's probably safe to blame them.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:30 PM   #12
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Nobody suggested typing "startx" (without the quotes) at the prompt, see what comes up to find out what distro?
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:33 PM   #13
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in <General> since the OP is seeking support with a windows-install, and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brianL
Nobody suggested typing "startx" (without the quotes) at the prompt, see what comes up to find out what distro?


I tried startx .
The respnose is the same.........command not found.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #15
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Here's their site (support): http://www.linpus.com/xampp/modules/icontent/

The URL doesn't really raise confidence (/xampp as a web root, anyone?)... the number of tools and commands missing points to an incomplete system (as does the way it's booting up).

maunishg: You've been into the BIOS's boot system if I'm any judge - that doesn't have much to do with the operating system you've got. I'm still suggesting to get a reliable Linux distribution installed on your notebook (or, if you really insist, get a WinDoze CD and have at it...).

Another possibility: Take it back to the shop and have them put on something more to your liking...
 
  


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