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Old 08-09-2006, 03:09 PM   #1
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How to log in as root?


How do i log in as root? i need to run a driver using ndiswrapper

Thakns.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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Open a terminal and type "su" (without quotes) and enter your root password when prompted. If you're using Ubuntu, the root account isn't enabled by default so you will need to prefix any commands you use with "sudo" and enter your user's password when prompted (e.g. "sudo modprobe ndiswrapper"). You do not want to log in to a GUI as root, as it's dangerous.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 03:25 PM   #3
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You can easily enable the root account in Ubuntu:
sudo passwd root
enter your user password
at the prompt, enter the new root password

More generally, you will need to know the root password. If somehow you don't, then you can boot from a live CD to reset it.

Tell us what distro, etc. for more details
 
Old 08-09-2006, 03:27 PM   #4
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Its Ubuntu.

i am installing a intel wireless 2200BG on my 600m, and just installed my driver successfully according to ndiswrapper.

So i click on connection props, eth1 and it says status disconnected.

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Old 08-09-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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You don't need to use NDISWrapper for those cards, as Intel provide a native driver .
 
Old 08-09-2006, 03:45 PM   #6
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i have that, i just dont know how to install it.

Help would be appreciated.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 04:10 PM   #7
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Wow, i solved it, i feel like a retard. all i did was change the passord.

Shiza.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 04:14 PM   #8
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Why would anyone disable the root account? It's like using a TV--there's hardly any control.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 12:49 AM   #9
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i have that, i just dont know how to install it.

Help would be appreciated.
There are some instructions here. You can check which version of the kernel you're running with "uname -r".
 
Old 08-10-2006, 06:46 PM   #10
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Hi, i'm so new to linux.. and I don't much of the terminology you all used in your posts. I don't think it could help me even if I knew what Ubuntu was (I just know that I don't have it). What I do have is a SUSE 10.1 kernel, with a Gnome UI (I think it's called a User Interface). Can some one please guide me to the root user account, or, if possible, show me hw to recoigure my current (limited) user with root user capailities?

Help would be most appreciated, Thank you.

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Old 08-10-2006, 07:04 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vince013
Hi, i'm so new to linux.. and I don't much of the terminology you all used in your posts. I don't think it could help me even if I knew what Ubuntu was (I just know that I don't have it). What I do have is a SUSE 10.1 kernel, with a Gnome UI (I think it's called a User Interface). Can some one please guide me to the root user account, or, if possible, show me hw to recoigure my current (limited) user with root user capailities?

Help would be most appreciated, Thank you.
Ummmm---you just checked in to a thread where this question has been answered.

With SUSE, you should have entered a root password when you installed. If not--or if you have forgotten--you have 2 choices:

1. Reinstall

2. Boot from a Live CD, navigate to /etc/passwd in the SUSE install, and change the entry for root---deleting the first "x". After the change, it will read--in part: root::....etc"

If you cannot log in as root, you cannot change the privileges for other users.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #12
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but what if my root username is the same as the limited username i'm on. My hostname is the same as my limited username.. or am I wrongly assuming that root username = hostname?

After my laptop goes into screensaver mode (after I close it), when it pops up it says:

<My Full Name>
Vince on Vince
Password:
^I have no idea if that info. is of any help to get an idea of what i'm trying to say.. i just felt like throwing it out there. I'm gonna need to change my hostname, I think there's another thread on that. I'll check it out.
 
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The root username is "root".
 
Old 08-11-2006, 02:53 AM   #14
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thank you so much!
 
  


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