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Old 05-12-2011, 12:46 AM   #16
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Some Q's for you:

Is this your late father's (condolences) computer?
Are you trying to read his files?
What do you mean that you are running a "trial version" of ubuntu? Do you mean you are booting from a live CD?

I think we'd be able to give you more focussed, practical and better advice if we understood exactly what you are trying to do.

For example, setting up the computer so you can log into your late father's account is probably trivial. Do you know what OS (eg ubuntu) his computer is running?
To answer your first 2 questions, yes and yes. As I am learning the terminology I believe "booting from a live cd" is what it would be called. When I first turned the system on it booted into Linux text mode. I have been able to log into his account in Linux text mode but I don't understand this environment well enough to explore the system and its files.
 
Old 05-12-2011, 02:07 AM   #17
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Have you tried

Code:
startx
from the cmd line boot.
If XWin and a GUI are installed, that should bring them up.
 
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After booting the Live CD and getting to the Desktop, click on the Applications tab, mouse down to Accessories and then right to Terminal, click on Terminal and a new window will open. type: sudo nautilus, this should open the directories/folders as root.

If you have a system installed on the hard drive, you should be able to view folders in the nautilus file manager. I'm not really sure what you want to do?
 
Old 05-13-2011, 12:24 PM   #19
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From the live CD goto Places ... Computer. You should see the HDD listed. Double-click it to mount it. You should see directories : /bin /boot /dev ..... etc. Now that the disk is mounted, you can close that window.

Now you'll need a file browser with root privileges:
As you are using ubuntu you'll need gksudo nautilus to open a file browser as root. So give that command in a terminal.

Now, Under Places in the root nautilus window, at the left, you should see your HDD listed. Click it. Be careful not to click the little up-triangle next to its name, as this will unmount the drive.

In the R pane you will see /bin /boot /dev .... etc.
Double click on /home
Double click on your father's username.
You should be able to read (and write!) all files.

Or did startx once you had done a normal boot from your HDD, and logged in as your father solve your problem?
 
Old 05-16-2011, 11:35 PM   #20
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From the live CD goto Places ... Computer. You should see the HDD listed. Double-click it to mount it. You should see directories : /bin /boot /dev ..... etc. Now that the disk is mounted, you can close that window.

Now you'll need a file browser with root privileges:
As you are using ubuntu you'll need gksudo nautilus to open a file browser as root. So give that command in a terminal.

Now, Under Places in the root nautilus window, at the left, you should see your HDD listed. Click it. Be careful not to click the little up-triangle next to its name, as this will unmount the drive.

In the R pane you will see /bin /boot /dev .... etc.
Double click on /home
Double click on your father's username.
You should be able to read (and write!) all files.

Or did startx once you had done a normal boot from your HDD, and logged in as your father solve your problem?
Thank you all for your quick response! This forum is awesome! The gksudo nautilus in Terminal was the first suggestion that I tried and it worked. How do I return it to the previous state though?
 
  


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