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Old 10-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
metalpacient
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boot in single user mode linpus linux lite


hi guys,

I just bought an Acer Aspire One,with Linpus Linux Lite v 1.0.9. E on it from E-bay!I'm trying to add new software on it but for that I need the root password that hasn't been provided when i bought the laptop!after checking online how to recover the root password came to the conclusion that I have to perform a boot in single user mode!I read all the steps and know what to do except for the main thing!when I reboot my laptop it only gives me the option for F2 (setup) or F12 (boot settings)...I tried to press ESC before my system loading and getting to the main screen (desktop) but still nothing...

so what do i have to do to start the boot in single user mode?

again I know all the steps:
- use the arrows to select boot entry you want to modify
- press e to edit entry
- use the arrows to go to kernel line...
...
and so on!

I just don't know how to boot it to get there...



sorry if y question doesn't make sense but this is really bugging e as I can't add any new software at all


king regards, mike
 
Old 10-10-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
Wim Sturkenboom
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Your root password is the password that you set when you first started your netbook. If it was a used one, you better re-install the OS as you don't know what is on it (somebody might have hidden a nice little keylogger or so). Do you have the CD that came with the netbook? And the instructions how to re-install?.

I no longer have Linpus installed on My Aspire One so can not really test. There is probably a timeout set to 0 in Grub so pressing <esc> is (close to) impossible.

Although I enjoyed Linpus (it was a bit different from the rest of the bunch), I eventually decided to replace it by Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Main reason was that I did not see updates coming after a kernel vulnerability.
 
Old 10-10-2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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i have a recovery cd and recovery sheet instructionsbut this laptop doesn't have a cd drive (acer aspire one is one of the mini laptops)!you might be right about the setting to 0 but I still hope there is some way of booting in single user mode...once I find out how to do that problem will be solved as I don't really want to reinstall everything
 
Old 10-10-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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One way that I can think of is that you keep on hitting <esc> from the moment that the screen shows you the <F2> and <F12>.

The alternatve is to download Ubuntu Netbook Remix (or similar) and install that on a memory stick. Next boot from it and once fully booted, you should be able to access your HD. Next you can access /etc/password on the HD and reset the root password; do some research on the net (or here on LQ) how to do it exactly.
 
Old 10-12-2009, 05:46 PM   #5
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got a reply from Linpus helpdesk and thought of putting it in here in case someone else needs it too!unfortunately the Linpus Linux Lite doesn't provide a single user mode so I've been told
 
Old 10-12-2009, 10:35 PM   #6
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So leaves you with the second option in post #4. Gives you also the chance to play with Ubuntu for a while.

I'm quite sure you can add a single user mode in grub once you have manages to (re)set the root password.
 
  


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