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Old 07-04-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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I need to get the Ubuntu OS for a server that I installed off a PC, and...


...preferably install a desktop version of Linux Mint 15 with Cinnamon, 32bit, as that is what I have a DVD with an ISO burned to.

This may or may not be a simple procedure, but I may have lost the ability to login due to having forgotten my login/password.

Originally, I was going to learn Unix so I could run my own server. I discovered that... I had a lot more to learn than I expected, and upon reading that installing a GUI to my server was not the most secure idea, I decided I needed to play with a desktop version.

Additionally, I learned about Mint, and it sounds more like what I'd want than Ubuntu.

So... I'm going to try to remember this password. Sometimes it just comes to me, but I hardly touched the machine since I decided to wait until I get a different OS on it.

I know pretty much nothing about Ubuntu, but I did install it, and it does work... I just know next to nothing about it.

What if I can't remember the PW?
 
Old 07-04-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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You don't need to boot into Ubuntu to get rid of it. Installing Mint will delete it, if you use the whole HDD.
 
Old 07-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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Hm, upon booting with my disk in, there was just a normal boot, asking me for a login. Let me try again while I'm not half drunk with people shooting fireworks outside and distracting me.

I did encounter a thing where Nero told me that the block size did not correspond to my image length, which I ignored, and it seemed to burn anyway. I've never encountered that before, but I don't burn ISOs very often.

I would use a USB, but I don't have any I'd like to format exactly... I'd rather use a disc.
 
Old 07-04-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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This may or may not be a simple procedure, but I may have lost the ability to login due to having forgotten my login/password.
Here's the procedure to reset a forgotten password in Ubuntu: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword
 
Old 07-04-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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Hm, upon booting with my disk in, there was just a normal boot, asking me for a login.
Are you sure you've got the boot priority set to DVD? Pretty obvious, but it's the only thing I can think of.
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Let me try again while I'm not half drunk with people shooting fireworks outside and distracting me.
That sounds like more fun than installing Mint.
 
Old 07-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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Okay, so I remembered the password.

I tested the disk in a Windows 8 machines, and it did not boot. The contents of the disk are there, and I could run it in Windows... But shouldn't the DVD/CD drive take priority by default? I mean, I didn't change that on either this machine or the Windows 8 machines (which doesn't belong to me btw, but I doubt the owner would have either).

I know how to change that in the BIOS... do I do that essentially the same way, by pressing... what is it... F2 or F8 at the Dell screen? But honestly, I don't think that's what it is. I got the ISO from the Mint website.

Can I just run it using commands? See... doing everything at the command prompt is where I get lost. I thought I was good at command prompt from having used DOS and Windows in the 3.1 days, and in general, running commands to the System32 folder when it's more convenient (because most Windows users are not sharp to that sort of thing), ...

But the command prompt in Linux/Unix is... I remember the point when I realized I needed to learn with a GUI first was when I was trying to edit a file, and I tried using some file editor I forget the name of, and it didn't open a textbox but seemed to want me to alter individual lines of text via command and apparently display them by command or by some technosorcery I'm not nearly as possessed by the devils enough to command as of my current knowledge of computer science.

But... if I look up the syntax for some kind of command that I have forgotten, to browse and look through files, can I just run it with Ubuntu already booted and proceed with the formatting and installation of Mint?
 
Old 07-04-2013, 12:56 PM   #7
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Anyway, thanks for answering my questions. I guess at this point I'm asking you to just tell me everything I need to know instead of looking it up. If I can't figure it out I'll be back. I'll check the boot priority first.

Edit: I guess what I was looking for in general is just... to talk about what I'm doing, since I don't really know anyone who is available to offer any input.

Last edited by dadadoodads; 07-04-2013 at 12:59 PM.
 
Old 07-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #8
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As above, go into the BIOS and check the DVD drive is set as 1st bootable.
Also check the DVD iso using the checksum on the Mint website (if the above doesn't work).
 
Old 07-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #9
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You need to install Ubuntu server and setup something like Webmin to administer it, much easier than trying to run it via a terminal, which is for experts. If you're having trouble remembering a password I'm not sure about the thousand or so commands that exist in Linux/Unix.
 
Old 07-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #10
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Got to reset my password but I am always returned to login screen

Quote:
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Here's the procedure to reset a forgotten password in Ubuntu: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword
I followed the procedure above. I can now enter my password and it is accepted (no invalid password message anymore) but the problem is that, after it seems to be preparing the desktop, I am returned to the login screen.

I am running Ubuntu 12.04.

Any idea why?

Thanks,

Bernard Le Jour
AS Plus Informatique Inc.

Last edited by asplus; 07-05-2013 at 10:45 PM. Reason: clarify Ubuntu version
 
  


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