LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-06-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
heavensmisfit
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
How to recovery lost password in linux?


I reset the original administrator password and user name. And i cant remember either one to log in to open my sylvania g13001 netbook. How do i reset this to get into my netbook. Thk you for any help i can get. Because without it i cannot open to get in to the desktop.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 05:46 PM   #2
chrism01
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.9, Centos 7.3
Posts: 17,362

Rep: Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377
Can you start by telling us which distro and version you have, it could make a difference on available methods.
Re username; did you delete the 'root' user, or just another user with admin rights?

Welcome to LQ


PS: please use descriptive titles, not 'urgent help'. It puts many people off, its not helpful to us and we do this in our spare time if and when we feel like it ie its not 'urgent' for us.
http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
Thank you.

Last edited by chrism01; 09-06-2011 at 05:53 PM.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
heavensmisfit
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
The install cd says gOS Escape Pod 2.92M o.s
 
Old 09-06-2011, 11:32 PM   #4
John VV
LQ Muse
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,093

Rep: Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474Reputation: 2474
you might want to change the name
the forum mods DO close "urgent" posts
because there is nothing urgent about them ,



lets see Good OS 2.9
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped....9M_Escape_Pod
based on the old Ubuntu 8 ( ubuntu 11 is current)

so there will not be a root account only the first user and "sudo"
 
Old 09-07-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
heavensmisfit
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Sorry people for not being more descriptive but it is urgent. I got this sylvania gOS 13001 netbook for my daughter for school,updated and dwnloaded over 230 packets and she needs this for school as it has alot of stuff on it she needs. To be honest im not too knowledgable bout the linux o.s. I traded an htc evo phone for this netbook. And the guy i traded with used it for two hours and never used it again. So he doesnt have a clue about it either. My problem is that i changed the administrator user name and password for my daughter and she didnt write it down and ( neither did i,thinking that she did). So can n e 1 plz walk me through on how to access the necessary steps to change this so she can use this netbook. Otherwise its just a glorified paper weight. :-( :-) thk you for n e and all help yall can give me to solve this problem. And n e one who would plz help educate me on the linux OS. Now if n e ones having trouble with a samsung galaxy tab,i can help,as i know pretty much all there is to know on these tabs. Again thk you all very much for your help,time and patience.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 07:42 AM   #6
MTK358
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Posts: 6,443
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721
Quote:
Originally Posted by heavensmisfit View Post
i changed the administrator user name and password for my daughter
In Linux, you're not supposed to use the administrator account for normal work. Only ever use it if it's really necessary.

Anyway, I would try burning a live CD and booting it, You can try fixing the config files from it.

Also, in Wikipedia I read that gOS is no longer supported, so it would be a much better idea to just get rid of it and install a supported Linux distro. Does it have any data on it that you would like to keep?

Last edited by MTK358; 09-07-2011 at 07:44 AM.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 07:57 AM   #7
heavensmisfit
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Thk u for the 411. & no i dont have n e info on it i dont mind losing
 
Old 09-07-2011, 08:03 AM   #8
johnsfine
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Distribution: Centos
Posts: 5,286

Rep: Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190Reputation: 1190
Quote:
Originally Posted by heavensmisfit View Post
The install cd says gOS Escape Pod 2.92M o.s
The install cd probably has a repair option and/or a liveCD mode. Either of those probably includes a way to change the password for the primary user account.

But I don't know the specific sequence of steps, because I don't have the same CD and don't know about that Linux distro.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTK358 View Post
Anyway, I would try burning a live CD and booting it, You can try fixing the config files from it.
I think the OP probably already has a live CD, just lacks the knowledge to use it.

Maybe burning a new live CD is a good idea, but only if it is one for which someone here can provide detailed instructions for fixing a lost password (sorry, I don't have such instructions myself. I know just enough to blunder my way through such a repair myself, but not enough to tell someone else how).

Quote:
Originally Posted by heavensmisfit View Post
Thk u for the 411. & no i dont have n e info on it i dont mind losing
Then reinstalling Linux (maybe after downloading and burning a newer install CD) might be the simplest path forward.

Last edited by johnsfine; 09-07-2011 at 08:04 AM.
 
Old 09-09-2011, 03:56 PM   #9
sunnieside-up
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 68

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
In the grub menu, press "e" to edit boot options. The at the end of the second line, press e to edit. Change the ro at the end to "rw init=/bin/bash". Then it will log you in, kinda. Type "passwd", and change your password. http://www.metacafe.com/watch/188649...in_30_seconds/.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] WD Elite - Lost Password - How -To Remove the lost password? fixcom1 Linux - General 3 03-06-2011 05:23 PM
[SOLVED] Windows User Password Forgotten - Linux Recovery? jaycee4 Linux - General 6 09-27-2010 09:23 AM
Password Recovery in Linux deepak_message Linux - Software 6 06-06-2008 01:09 AM
Recovery password with RedHat Linux AS2.1 namdn Linux - Networking 1 10-07-2004 09:22 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration