[SOLVED] Dell mini bought on Craig's list and need to change administrative password.
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Dell mini bought on Craig's list and need to change administrative password.
I recently bought a dell mini on Craig's list (I know, that was my first mistake) for my 12 yr old daughter. It has Linux Ubuntu 8 or 9. When she tries to download any music or games, she get's a prompt that she is not authorized to. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to change her password, but there is an administrative password on her netbook that I am unable to access. Does anyone have any ideas that could help? Thanks.
You can usually change the root password by booting into recovery mode using the installation or recovery disk (if you don't have this, you can probably make one). No experience with doing this on Ubuntu though.
An alternate perspective:
The version of Ubuntu 8.04 that came pre-installed on Dell Mini's has reached its "end of life" and is no longer supported.
Furthermore whenever I acquire new hardware, I like to wipe the operating system so I'm not dealing with someone else's configs and personal data.
Therefore I strongly recommend a fresh reinstall of a currently-supported operating system.
Let us know which model of Dell Mini you have, and I'll try to make a recommendation. You might find this site helpful: http://mydellmini.com
I suggest trying each in "live" mode before installing. Also be aware that there are several desktop environments (user interfaces) available; personally I prefer something "lightweight" like Xfce or LXDE for a netbook, but that's a matter of taste.
So I would download that version of Ubuntu 10.4 onto an external cd drive and then put it in her netbook? Do I need to wipe her netbook first? She doesn't have anything important on it. Sorry, I'm such a dunce. I was a computer programmer in the 70's (I actually programmed in assembler with punch cards), then switched to social work. Alot has changed!
You can use an external CD drive (if you have one) or a 1+ gb USB thumb drive. First you are going to try it in "Live" mode for a while, before you install. Then when you are ready to install, the installer will give you the option to use the entire drive, wiping your existing system and all data.