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Old 03-15-2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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unable to start


i bought an acer aspire 5562 with linpus linux preinstalled when i started the machine it asks for [root@localhost /]#. i have never used linux before and i would be grateful if someone could help me out.
 
Old 03-15-2006, 02:32 PM   #2
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I think it does not ask anything - this is - from the looks of it - the prompt.
This is where you enter commands...
like:
passwd root
to set a password for the system administrator since it does not seem to have one.
If they did not provide you with any good documentation on how to use this system - I would read a little through the forums here or just look up linux-distributions in Google and pick one which you might like and for which there is good documentation and support here - and install that one instead.
A live cd like gnoppix or knoppix or kubuntu... would leave your system alone an unharmed while you try out linux.
I personally use Gentoo, but I would really not recommend this to someone with zero experience in linux - Ubuntu seems like a nice choice - or any Debian-based distribution.
 
Old 03-15-2006, 03:46 PM   #3
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This is called a terminal console and the "[root@localhost /]#" is the command prompt. It appears to be configured to automatically login to root without a password. root is the same thing as the windows administrator. Also the GUI (KDE) might not be configured to start at boot. BTW are any manuals included and have you read them? Try typing in the the following command and the press the enter key.

startx
 
Old 03-15-2006, 04:10 PM   #4
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I thought about startx also, but setting the root-password first succeeded...
 
Old 03-15-2006, 04:30 PM   #5
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I do not understand Chinese but the install manual indicates entering a root password. I suspect whoever installed the OS might of preconfigured it to automatically login as root the first time. royalfish should set a root password. Hopefully there are some notes that came with the the computer.

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Old 03-18-2006, 07:59 AM   #6
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thanx

thanx for the help guys.but i have hardly used linux before (u would have realised this!!!)i did use a few more user freindly versions with a proper GUI. and the vendor bastards did not give me a linux cd or a manual from which i could figur out something .thanx again
 
  


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