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Old 04-01-2010, 01:44 AM   #1
ctshiner
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cannot log in from command line


Hello all, I'm brand spanking new to Linux and have been stuck on this seemingly simple issue while trying to install the latest NVIDIA drivers:

I need to disable the X server to install it, which brings me to a blank screen prompting for a login before continuing. it reads thusly:

Ubuntu 9.10 chris-linux

chris-linux login:
[i would assume i put in chris here...]

Password:[i type the password i use to login from the normal GUI screen, however i see no indication that im typing anything..]

Login incorrect

What am I doing wrong??
 
Old 04-01-2010, 01:52 AM   #2
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I'm not quite sure what the problem is with your console login, however:

If you are trying to install the nvidia driver into Ubuntu, you should be using your package manager. Assuming you have no trouble logging into your desktop, look in the menus available near the top of your screen, maybe on the taskbar, and look into "System >> Administration" or somewhere like this, and locate the menu item for "Synaptic Package Manager" and start this up. From there, either use the "Search" feature, or by some means find the appropriate nvidia driver (in the 'restricted drivers' area perhaps?), select it for installation, and follow the instructions from that point on.
After this process completes, you will need to restart X (maybe simpler to just reboot) to start using the driver.

If all this goes well (or if you need more help on thid driver issue, just ask) then perhaps someone can address the login issue. As far as I know, Ubuntu should allow console logins just like any other Linux, but since I don't use Ubuntu myself, maybe there's something strange I do not know about..

Cheers!
Sasha

PS - yes, the login information you use to login from the GUI, is the exact same as what you use on the console. If "chris" is the username you used when creating your account, that would be the one to login with on the console.

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Old 04-01-2010, 04:00 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Sasha.

I ended up having to work around the problem by enabling the root account and doing everything from there, so I still have no idea why I can't log in normally.

Regarding the package manager (Linux repositories is a totally new concept for me): This would only include all of the "peer reviewed" packages for Linux, kind of like WHQL drivers for Windows, correct? I had to do it the hard way because I'm trying to get the new GPU acceleration features of Flash 10.1 working, which require the most current nvidia drivers.

If somebody can enlighten me on the login issue I'm still very curious!
 
Old 04-01-2010, 04:08 AM   #4
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I really have no idea what the WHQL thing is, But as for packages available via the package manager, the idea is that all the packages are verified to work, be safe to install (i.e. not malicious), etc.. I don't know that "peer reviewed" would be the right term, but it's close enough -- basically, on Ubuntu, the packages are the ones that Ubuntu Developers (Canonical) have made available, for some combination of reasons.

Most distributions will have the "official" repos, containing everything the developer has released included with the distro; and, there will often be "un-official" repos, where users, forum members, contributors, etc., will put their own package submissions of software that is not included with the official release.

Ubuntu is one that tends to (as far as I understand) have a pretty vast assortment of packages in its official repos.

Best of luck with this login thing -- and BTW welcome to LQ!

Sasha
 
Old 04-01-2010, 04:16 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl
I really have no idea what the WHQL thing is
I think it stands for something like "Windows Hardware ???? Licensed". It basically means "MS Approved", from what I can tell.

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Originally Posted by ctshiner
I'm trying to get the new GPU acceleration features of Flash 10.1 working
I really hate to burst your bubble, but AFAIK Adobe doesn't support the GPU acceleration feature of Flash 10.1 in Linux (or Mac OS X for that matter) currently. I suppose it doesn't hurt to get the drivers installed and running anyway, though.

If I'm wrong on this, someone go ahead and correct me. I would absolutely love to have GPU acceleration in Flash!

Last edited by MrCode; 04-01-2010 at 04:23 AM.
 
  


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