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Old 10-05-2001, 06:58 AM   #1
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Boot disk


Hello,

My friend gave me a machine with Linux Caldera on it but it's password protected and he forgot the password. I've herd that I can make a boot disk to get on it, can anyone tell me how i'd do that or tell me another way?

Thanks, Josh
 
Old 10-05-2001, 04:03 PM   #2
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yeah, if its using lilo in which i think it should, if you get a lilo boot: prompt.. type this in Linux 1 and it should boot you into single user mode, will not ask for a password. at the prompt, type this..

passwd root and it will prompt you to change roots password to what you want..
then reboot and login as root and from there you should be able to get into the machine and do whatever you want...
 
Old 10-05-2001, 04:58 PM   #3
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Arrow It doesn't have lilo.

It isn't running lilo. It just directly loads Caldera and then goes to the password prompt. Thanks for the suggestion though.

- Josh
 
Old 10-05-2001, 06:04 PM   #4
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This may or may not work but when booting up press the SHIFT key and see if you get a prompt.
 
Old 10-05-2001, 07:08 PM   #5
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Arrow No go

Shift didn't work, but thanks.
 
Old 10-05-2001, 10:34 PM   #6
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One more time. This time try pressing the Control or Alt keys.
 
Old 10-05-2001, 11:10 PM   #7
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okay, when you first boot up the computer.. and after the bios and other default stuff.. what do you see before it starts booting linux and all the lines start scrolling by?
do you see a

boot: or

lilo:

Caldera uses lilo by default according to their site and documentation.. unless your friend made changes of course.

If you see a flash of boot: or lilo: you want to type in Linux 1 or init 1 to get into single user mode to change that password.

Let us know....
 
Old 10-06-2001, 06:14 AM   #8
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Arrow Found prompt

In case you hadn't guessed, i'm new at this one. Thanks for pointing out the word "boot", that's the one that appeared. It went by fast but I finally caught it and typed "linux single" and got to where it says "give root password for maintenence or press ctrl + D for normal setup:". I pressed ctrl + D and it just hung for a while, then I typed "passwd" & "passwd root" & "/usr/bin/passwd" but none of these got me anywhere. Any suggestions?

Sorry about the multi-posts, wasn't sure which group to ask. Won't do it again.

Thanks 4 your help, Josh
 
Old 10-06-2001, 01:25 PM   #9
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at that prompt, try typing Linux 1 instead of linux single, or press TAB to see your options, probably most likely only Linux but I would definitely try Linux 1 or init 1, it shouldn't ask for a password in single user mode.
 
Old 10-06-2001, 07:04 PM   #10
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Arrow Got somewhere

Finally got it changed. tab key brought up "linux" only. Typed "linux 1", "init 1", "linux -s", "linux" - none worked. (Caldera 2.3). I typed "linux init=/bin/sh rw" & that took me to "bash#", I typed in a new one, it promped me for a double check, then said
"PAM_pwdb[7]: password for (root/0) changed by ((null) / 0 )
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfullly
bash#"

Should I reboot or is there something that else to do?

- Josh
 
Old 10-06-2001, 07:44 PM   #11
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Unhappy Remount?

Do I need to remount? After I typed in linux init=/bin/sh rw at boot:, I typed in passwd root, then the new one twice. Do I need to remount?
 
Old 10-06-2001, 09:22 PM   #12
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Smile Figured it out

Thanks, I owe you one. - Josh
 
Old 10-07-2001, 01:25 AM   #13
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i guess caldera makes you work a little harder to get to single user mode without a password.. i'll remember that one..
congrats on getting it to work..
nope, after changing the password, you should be set to go, reboot and login.. then you can see what you might have to change or whatever from there....
 
Old 10-07-2001, 04:00 AM   #14
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Smile Thanks

I really appreciate all the help - Josh
 
  


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