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Old 08-07-2004, 07:59 PM   #1
logdog
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After installing linux wont let me get past GRUB!!


Alright This is the deal, my hd crashed and I had a couple ditros of linux lying around and decided to see it it would run, and sure enough I installed mandrake 9.0, but every single time i boot up it always takes me to the same place, like it boots up like normal then it goes into GRUB, but then it brings me to a screen where it has my ip IE: 69.24.169.354, and it tells me to login I have no clue wat to do here I really need some help cause i have been confused for quite some time, I reinstalled it once, but still did the same thing, if anyone has suggestions pleASSEE!!! reply.

PS this is wat it loks like


69.24.169.254 login: EX

then it asks me for pass

passsword:

I am stuck plese help!
 
Old 08-07-2004, 08:13 PM   #2
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You're no longer in GRUB when the login prompt appears. In fact Linux has booted and seems to be operating normally. When you installed the distro, did you create a user account for yourself? If so, you can login using that account. In any case, you certainly did set a password for root (the superuser) during the install. So if you do not have a non-root user account login as root and type the root password you supplied during installation. Then, make a regular user for yourself to use (you should not use root for your day to day tasks). Just type 'adduser <user name you want>' (no quotes) to make the user and then 'passwd <username>' to set the password for that user. Then logout and login as that user.

When you are logged in as a normal user, type startx to start the graphical user interface. If it did not come up on its own, there may be a problem with your configuration. If it does not work and you do not understand the error message it spits at you, post it here and somebody will help you.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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Im still consufed

when I get to thew login screen I put in my user, but it wont let me type a word. And how do I add a user without installing linux vover again? I really need help, maybe someone could put like a example up or something.

thanks
 
Old 08-07-2004, 09:38 PM   #4
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As btmiller indicated, if you get a login prompt, then Linux has been loaded, and it's ready for action. I will assume that the only login account that exists on your system right now is root, therefore, at the login prompt, enter "root" (no quotes). You will then be asked for the password, so enter whatever password you selected for root. At that point you will fully logged in. To create a regular user account called "jsmith", you would enter
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adduser jsmith
You will then be asked a series of questions, and you can just hit Enter for all of them until it asks you what password should be used. At that point, type in the password that "jsmith" should use, and you'll be done.

To test the new user, log out of root by entering "exit" (no quotes) which will return you to the login prompt. Then enter the username you just created, then the password, and you will be logged into Linux. To start the X window environment, which I assume you want to do, you would enter "startx" (no quotes).

Good luck with it and Welcome to LQ -- J.W.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 10:13 PM   #5
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You say it won't let you type a word -- is this at the password prompt? If so, that's normal. When you type your password nothing is echoed so nobody can look over your shoulder and see how long your password is. Believe me, your keypresses are still being recorded.
 
Old 08-08-2004, 02:36 PM   #6
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*Excellent* point btmiller. As indicated, passwords are not displayed, which can give the appearance of 'nothing is happening' even though the keystrokes are recognized by the system. (They just aren't echoed to the screen). Thanks -- J.W.
 
  


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