First install Ubuntu 14.04LTS password only works on startup passphrase super newbie
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Well I tried all the steps, it said enter new password, I did then entered it again, then...
authentication token manipulator error
can I wipe the hard drive & start over?
That's starting to sound like the best move at this point. Be sure to pay very sharp attention when setting the password. There are websites around that can generate strong ones for you. Just do a search for "strong passwords" and you'll find a few.
Just install it from a dvd or usb stick the way you did the last time. At some point it asks you about partitions (dividing up your disk space) and just use 100% for this new installation. It should work pretty much the way you did it before. There is no need to delete the previous version that will be done by virtue of the new version taking all the space.
So it won't ask for the root password to continue?
Not if you're doing a fresh install. Most distros start off by asking you to set up root which involves creating a root password and then later on it asks you to set up on or more users where you provide a user name and a password for that user. If you're using Ubuntu, I don't believe it wants you to set up a root. It includes the user you set up as a "sudoer", one who can use sudo to give them root powers by using their own password. Once you've done that it shouldn't bother you again until it has finished the installation and does a reboot. I don't regularly use ubuntu so I can't swear that this part of what I've written is entirely accurate. Basically, just follow the directions that are given during the installation and you should be fine.
I give, installed before with Win XP which is no longer on system.
Everything I try does not work.
Nothing to run exe in linux
Sorry but that doesn't make sense. Are you trying to install Ubuntu from Wubi or something like that? You mean you are not booting into an install DVD or USB stick? That was what I was assuming? Can you tell me where exactly you got the iso image that you've burned into a dvd or usb stick? In the normal method of installing you don't need windows xp or any other OS on the system. Everything is contained on the dvd or the usb stick. You have to boot up while they are plugged into your system. Do you understand?
Finally got out...
The netbook in question could not install any software without a password, could not change password..errors.
Online work computer was remote and no access to usb to move software.
Finally created a bootable usb at home and reinstalled.
I could never quite get there from here at work, and being in unfamiliar turf.
Thanks all for your patients.
Back to my world of 1920x1080p..till we have enough bandwidth for 4k.
out 4 now.