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Ok, I just got mandrake a few days ago and I needed to install the ATI linux drivers. It said you have to be logged into the root account. So I decided to try doing ctrl+alt+f1. Anyway, it asked me for my login and password. When I installed, I made absolutely sure to write down every username and password I put into linux. I don't believe I ever put in a root username, however, I do have a root password. Does anyone know what I can do about this? Is there a set login name for the root account? Anyway, I was trying to login with no success, so I logged in under my normal account. The only problem, is how do I get out of the ctrl+alt+f1 command prompt area and back to my desktop? I am just going to leave that computer on until I find out what to do, because I do not want to cut the power supply and screw something up. Thank you guys very much for all the help!
ahhhhh, yes, f7 worked. I had tried f2 and f3, but became a little nervous that one of them would be something like "format your hd" or something, lol. ty for the help. Anyone know about logging in as root though?
Edit: Ok jax, got the root thing working. I know I tried putting root in as the login before though........do you have to do it on the first request for a name though? Thank you guys very much for the help!
Edit #2: Well, it is working every time now, even if I put in a bad login first and then do it correctly.......I guess I was just messing up the password or something.
Last edited by Enfer Singe; 07-31-2004 at 05:27 AM.
in you boot loader config file, not at a command line
it: in lilo.conf or grub.conf
that aside, if you dont know what your doing, i really wouldnt reccomend single-user mode
you can really REALLY screw things up.
if you need to sysadmin type stuff, login as a normal user and at a prompt do this:
[scuzzy@localhost scuzzy]$ su
notice how i started out as a normal user, now I'm root
when I'm finished doing my sysadmin type tasks, i do this