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Old 07-22-2004, 03:03 PM   #1
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First time user needs help with bypassing a start up screen.


I have a computer that is running Linux Mandrake (not sure what version as the load up is so fast I can't really see though I will check later) It used to be a business computer and is pretty new. I have never used Linux or Mandrake but am really interested to use Linux so I started the computer up. I get this log on screen and I am sure it is for the business (my dads business before he retired) and I don't know the username or password and I doubt I can find the information anywhere, and I know my dad woulnd't know because he doesn't touch computers with a ten foot pole. I tried to press "I" and all it did was try to configure the things on my computer. Is there any way I can disable this so I can actually use Linux? I will get as much information as I can as to what version is on there and I will post it soon.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: First time user needs help with bypassing a start up screen.

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Originally posted by aNi-DiFrAnCo I tried to press "I" and all it did was try to configure the things on my computer. Is there any way I can disable this so I can actually use Linux? I will get as much information as I can as to what version is on there and I will post it soon. [/B]
Hi, and welcome to LQ! Nice nick, btw, I really like her music :)


As for the process you describe:

When you say "It's trying to configure things" - is that a little
graphical splash-screen, and it just stops half-way through?




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Old 07-22-2004, 03:49 PM   #3
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Kudzu is what it is called. Also I managed (After 5 tries) to find out it is Mandrake 7.1 (helium) I think it said.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: Re: First time user needs help with bypassing a start up screen.

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[B]Hi, and welcome to LQ! Nice nick, btw, I really like her music
Thank you. I love her music too.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 03:55 PM   #5
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Does Kudzu run to completion or does it get stuck?
If it's stuck, at which point is it getting stuck? What's
the last thing you see?


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Old 07-22-2004, 04:02 PM   #6
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I don't know what it is exactly or what I should do. It is asking me to configure the hardware that it brings up. Should I do that? I am also being asked to make a Swap.
 
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Now that sounds as if it hadn't been installed at all, but
is running of CD and trying to get itself set-up?

Sorry, I'm a bit vague at this, but I'm not a mandrake user,
and haven't seen 7 in a while.



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Old 07-22-2004, 04:08 PM   #8
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I am confused myself. I don't have the cd. I know it had to have been installed because it runs but I just can't seem to get past that business screen. It is just a red screen that says tty02.acehardware.com and then it says login and password. I can't even type a password. I can move the cursor to the password field but it won't let me type anything in. I am hoping that when I bypass this I can install a different version of Linux. I wouldn't know which kind to get. What is good for someone just starting out on Linux?
 
Old 07-22-2004, 04:11 PM   #9
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Here is a link to a picture of that screen http://groups.msn.com/notaprettygirl...oto&PhotoID=95
Also when starting up pgm and fxd fail

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Old 07-22-2004, 07:24 PM   #10
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Hey man,
Thats the login screen. If you don't have a user name and password your not going to get past that screen. You mentioned you wanted to install a different Linux distribution, well all you have to do is get the distribution of your choice's CD and pop it in the drive. The Mandrake can be erased when you install the new Linux.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 07:30 PM   #11
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Okay, I realised after talking to a friend who knows about it, that I can't do much with it unless I install a new OS. He suggests BSD which is not Linux and I want Linux. What is a good Linux for a newbie to Linux and can I get it free or do I have to pay?
 
Old 07-22-2004, 07:31 PM   #12
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What puzzles me about that login screen is that I can't even type in a password, even if I knew it. Anyone know why this is?
 
Old 07-22-2004, 07:43 PM   #13
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You probably ARE typing in a password ...
For safety measures (so an observer can't
get an idea of even how many characters
you typed) Linux commonly won't echo
anything as you type passwords...


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Old 07-22-2004, 07:56 PM   #14
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YAY! I was able to change the root password and I got in! Now I am confused as to how to use it. I only have a few options. Here is a screenshot of what I have to work with. http://groups.msn.com/notaprettygirl...to&PhotoID=101 There really isnt much. I get a lot of DOS stuff for the business. At least I got into the OS.
 
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Tinkster do you have MSN messenger, or AIM?
 
  


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