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I'm rather embaressed to ask this question so please, save your laughter...
I've just installed Mandrake 9.1 and have been having a good mess around with it. However, when I try and access the linuxconf utility it tells me to login as root. "Fine", thinks I. "I've used Mandrake 9.0 - I'll just go back to the login prompt and login from there".
Only I can't. There's merely an icon for users and no space to type in a user name.
You should try and avoid logging on as root. Log on as a normal user, open a shell and type 'su'. Enter the root password and run your config utility. Once you're done, type 'exit' to return to your normal user login.
If you think that you want/need to actually log in a graphic screen as root, mandrake 9.1 is defaulted to keep root as a hidden user.
So, you would have to log in as user, go to the kde control centre (presuming that youre using kde), open system and I think it's called the log in manager. Open that, and then click on "administrator mode" (the buttons at the bottom of the panel), then just uncheck root as a hidden user.