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Old 10-27-2006, 04:31 PM   #1
koady
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Root password no longer valid from desktop


Hi,
I am using Kanotix (2006-01-RC4) and ran the following command (as part of a process to try an resolve a driver issue for WLAN card):
"su -c /usr/share/bcm43xx-fwcutter/install_bcm43xx_firmware.sh"
After running this, I no longer have a valid root password. I think the problem is that I ran the command as root (instead of "user_name", but not sure) which then locked out my access to some areas. I can open a console and type:
"su" then "my_root_passwd" and it switches me to root. But when I try to enter a configuration screen from the desktop, I get prompted for "my_root_passwd", and enter it, but response is "invalid". I am not familar enough YET with issuing complex instructions from the console (or, I suspect, I could resolve the problem). Can someone give me advice about how to fix this. I can't do much because my privileges are locked out on the desktop and I don't know how to do things from the console. Dumb noob situation... I know, but we all have to start somewhere. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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Setup and use sudo, more secure, doesn't require root's password, except initial setup.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by trickykid
Setup and use sudo, more secure, doesn't require root's password, except initial setup.
Yes,I think I have something to learn here (especially not being so fast to cut and paste commands into a console). But I am committed to swiching from m$ to Linux, but the first steps are difficult.

(1) Could you help to explain how I can undo what I have done?
(2) How can I setup to use "sudo"? Do you mean run all commands from "user_name" and not switch to "root"? In Kanotix, when I use some programs on the desktop they require "root_passwd" to access. I have been using these because I am not confident enough to run complex commands from a console. Now I can't use the desktop access (as I noted, my "root_passwd" is not accepted here), while I have root access on the console but don't know what to do. Stupid situation... I know. I would be grateful for any help.
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Old 10-27-2006, 06:12 PM   #4
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Actually I'm going to close this thread as the rules state to not double post in the forums.
 
  


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