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Old 06-17-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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installing user account in mint 10 Julia


I have recently installed linux mint 10 Julia on my wife's Dell. I installed off CD from linux freedom website with the ftp download. My wife wanted her own account so I went to admin/users and groups and created her account. Or so I thought. When I tried to switch users (with the boot CD in and out of the drive) I got the follwing error:
1) "The panel encountered a problem while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_mintMenu" do you want to delete applet from your configuration?"
2) "The panel encountered a problem while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_IndicatorApplet" Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?"
Both of these had an orange word bubble with an exclamation point in it.
3) "Nautilus could not create the following required folders; :/home?tina?Disktop,/home/tina/.nautilus. Before running Nautilus, please create these folders or set permissions such that Nautilus can create them."
This came in a red word bubble with an "x" in it.
One last thing. When I installed linux mint 10 on my ancient compac (it has a pent 4 processor and had win 2K on it) all I had to do was plug in a usb wireless card and I was online. My wife's Dell has a wireless card built in and I can't find it in mint 10. How do I set up the wireless. Sorry for the "2 fer" but I'm pressed for time and have to get to work. I'm a copier tech/electrician and I'm good with the hardware but with the software, not so much. I'm sticking with linux no matter what the learning curve because my Mom gave me the compac evo thinking it was useless and I've brought it back to life with linux. Thanks in advance. If you ever have any electrical or copier/fax/printer questions, feel free to ask. You'll love my prices for support! ($0.0)
 
Old 06-17-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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What method did you use to add her login: adduser or a GUI tool?

What does

Code:
cat /etc/passwd | grep tina
return?

Regarding the wireless, if it's a Dell, it's probably a Broadcom chip. You can run "lspci" from the command line; the output should report the wireless chipset.

This thread from the Mint tutorial should help if it's Broadcom.

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:27 AM   #3
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The method I used to "install" her account was menu>system>admin>users and groups>and then I added an account. It didn't do everything I thought it would do. I'd say that was a gui tool. Is there a S/W package I should look for? Thanks for the tutorial advice on the the other. Also, I have adduser downloaded and "installed" yet, it doesn't show up anywhere on my menus. I have the gnome menu and mint menu. How do I take something my computer says is downloaded and installed and get it into my menu's so I can use it. I probably have a bunch of things installed but they aren't where I can get to them and use them. Being a long-time windows user, I'm used to downloading something and having a shortcut to it on the desktop or in a folder. I've always been a desktop minimalist and wud rather have things in folders than have a cluttered desktop I have to look at for 10 minutes to find something. Thanks again.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:42 PM   #4
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"adduser" is a command-line program, it won't show up in your menus.
 
Old 06-20-2011, 08:35 PM   #5
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Entering "man adduser" on a command line will tell you how to use it.

Basically, it's "adduser [new username]."

Then it may or may not ask you to create a password, depending on how your distro has it set up; in Slackware, it calls the "passwd" command.

If it does not, next run "passwd [new username]" and answer the questions. "man passwd" will tell you more about the passwd command.
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:48 AM   #6
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Where (in the software manager) would I find a GUI tool to add a user? I'm not real good at the command line stuff yet. I tried entering the command above "cat /etc/passwd | grep tina" and it did absolutely nothing. I read the "man" on adduser and it made no sense to me. It's a bunch of commands and it doesn't seem to be written in a manner that's coherent to me.

Last edited by bustertech; 06-21-2011 at 12:53 PM. Reason: tried to execute above commands in the terminal and couldn't get the program to respond
 
Old 07-11-2011, 09:52 AM   #7
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command line basics

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Entering "man adduser" on a command line will tell you how to use it.

Basically, it's "adduser [new username]."

Then it may or may not ask you to create a password, depending on how your distro has it set up; in Slackware, it calls the "passwd" command.

If it does not, next run "passwd [new username]" and answer the questions. "man passwd" will tell you more about the passwd command.
Thanks again for your help. This past weekend, I not only got my wife's dell up and running on linux (we have a new convert and I don't think she'll ever surf with win again!!!), because of your help, I was led to a link that showed me how to download broadcom drivers that weren't included with the mint 10 download. The reason adduser wasn't working for me is really basic. You're not going to believe it but here it is....drum roll...."sudo". When I type in "sudo" adduser, the program performed beyond my expectations. My wife was able to play on my old compac (with her own user account) and, in no time at all, felt comfortable enough with linux to start using her dell. I certainly know that whether I'm doing electrical work or working on copiers, sometimes I forget the basics because they seem second nature. Thanks again and have a good one.

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:06 PM   #8
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Glad you got her up and running. Thanks for the "rest of the story."

I should have remembered that "sudo" thing. I'm so used to sudo and su that I think I take them for granted.
 
  


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