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Old 01-09-2013, 01:18 AM   #1
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Login fowl up


My system is set to not require a login.
On bootup it just passes through the login prompt without any action on my part.

I was installing some software via the Terminal and was told to reboot.

I rebooted, but this time the bootup process stopped at the login prompt. Is there a way to login and tell Linux the void my need to login?

I hope that wasn't not to confusing.

Thanks
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:52 AM   #2
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Do you know your password? Or the root password?

If not, what bootloader do you use?
 
Old 01-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #3
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Do you know your password? Or the root password?

If not, what bootloader do you use?
I know both of the passwords. Logging in puts me at the Windows directory, but not into the Windows environment. The point of initially purchasing this OS was no password and no activation key were required. Until the last software upgrade, that was a valid statement.

As for bootloader, I have no idea what you are talking about.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 08:22 AM   #4
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Hi Gandalf PCHF.
I am sure people here are happy to help you with your computer related inquires. But it is very difficult to come out with an answer not knowing what kind of computer you have and what Linux distribution you are using. There are like 700+ Linux base OSs out there So that bit of information you should try to provide.

Some distros have a user account management tool that you can use to enable and disable the log in screen you should be able to find that tool under the system options on your distro.

To find out what distro you are using some distros provide that information when you type on the command line
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lsb_release -a
and for aditional information you can also type

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uname -a
and provide the model and maker of your computer.

Good luck to you.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #5
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In addition to what TroN-0074 asked for, I noticed this phrase in your first post.

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I was installing some software via the Terminal and was told to reboot.

I rebooted, but this time the bootup process stopped at the login prompt. Is there a way to login and tell Linux the void my need to login?
If the login was working as expected before this installation of software, but does not now, then this software may be part of the issue. What was the software?
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:01 AM   #6
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jkirchner - The last command issued was...
apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings

Tron - as my Signature indicates, I have a custom built computer. It is not an off the shelf product and the indicated OS is the best info I can provided. Remember, I am not a programmer. That is why I am here looking for help.

lsb_release -a provided:
No LSB modules are available.
Distribution: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy)
Release: 7.0
Codename: wheezy

uname -a provided:
Linux none.local 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.35-2 i686 GNU/Linux

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Thank you.
See this tutorial and let us know if that helps http://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-...-login-window/

I not a programer either, just a plain home user.

Good luck to you.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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jkirchner - The last command issued was...
apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings

Tron - as my Signature indicates, I have a custom built computer. It is not an off the shelf product and the indicated OS is the best info I can provided. Remember, I am not a programmer. That is why I am here looking for help.

lsb_release -a provided:
No LSB modules are available.
Distribution: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy)
Release: 7.0
Codename: wheezy

uname -a provided:
Linux none.local 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.35-2 i686 GNU/Linux
Are you actually getting to a login window or are you booting to what looks like a terminal screen and asked to login? If the terminal there may be an issue with the nVidia installation/configuration.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:21 AM   #9
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Are you actually getting to a login window or are you booting to what looks like a terminal screen and asked to login? If the terminal there may be an issue with the nVidia installation/configuration.
Good point I recently installed the latest NVIDIA driver and I was facing some conflics and Xorg was not starting. I had to fix everything on terminal in tty1

Hopefully that is not his case.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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Are you actually getting to a login window or are you booting to what looks like a terminal screen and asked to login? If the terminal there may be an issue with the nVidia installation/configuration.
I do not get to a window. The monitor displays the ASCII text. Long ago you had to login then type win in order get into the Windows environment. For want of a better term, I'm at the DOS level when I'm asked to login. I don't know if that is a technically correct term, but it's the best description I can give.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:29 AM   #11
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Good point I recently installed the latest NVIDIA driver and I was facing some conflics and Xorg was not starting. I had to fix everything on terminal in tty1

Hopefully that is not his case.
I have the feeling you on the right tract, Tron.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #12
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The monitor says tty1. If that helps.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #13
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at the prompt go ahead and login. Once you are logged in type startx and hit enter and watch for error messages. That will help.

This page on Debian Wiki may help as well.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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log in as root
then
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apt-get remove nvidia-current && apt-get remove nvidia-current-update
reboot after that

the opensource driver should kick in and you can look for available driver with the drivers tool on your graphical interface

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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log in as root
then
Code:
apt-get remove nvidia-current && apt-get remove nvidia-current-update
reboot after that

the opensource driver should kick in and you can look for available driver with the drivers tool on your graphical interface
In trying your idea the computer blew up. I don't even get to the login prompt.
I've had to reinstall. Start over. I'll keep your recommendation in mind about the drivers tool. I'll leave this thread open for now in the event I have this problem again.

Thanks guys for the help. At least I'm learning. For an old man, that is saying something.
 
  


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