LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 08-07-2011, 04:34 AM   #1
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
password protection for installing new software


I have an acer aspire one running linpus

Generally I'm very happy with it apart from not being able to run some of the software I use but I do like the linux system.

Now, though, I find that it is progressively holding me back as more and more things I want to do require a change that involves the password protected access and I don't know it.

I tried 000000 and 111111 I don't know if anybody knows another default password. It maybe I did change it but I have no idea what to.

If I can't resolve this can I cahange the operating system without it as that may be my only hope. I do have a recovery stick if that helps.
 
Old 08-07-2011, 04:54 AM   #2
jdkaye
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, UK
Distribution: Debian Testing Amd64
Posts: 5,464

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hi and welcome to LQ.
Maybe this will help and maybe not?
Good luck,
jdk
 
Old 08-07-2011, 05:12 AM   #3
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I had already looked at all of that, but it didn't help at all.

I can do alt F2, and then it has xterm so enter then type su and enter then it asks for a password I dobn't have.

I think I'm too thick for linux.

Thanks for the welcome though
 
Old 08-07-2011, 05:29 AM   #4
jdkaye
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, UK
Distribution: Debian Testing Amd64
Posts: 5,464

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapper501 View Post
I think I'm too thick for linux.
Not really. Normally when you install Linux one of the first things it does is ask you to give it a root password. Then it asks you to give it a password for your own account (I called my account jdkaye: no surprise there). That's not exactly rocket science, right? Maybe Linpus doesn't work like that or maybe it came preinstalled. You can always burn an install cd/dvd and do it again and this time be sure to remember the passwords. You're not too thick because no one is thicker than me and I find Linux quite easy. Windows, on the other hand, I simply can't get my old head around.
ciao,
jdk
 
Old 08-07-2011, 05:40 AM   #5
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Linpus was preinstalled when I bought the Acer Aspire one.

I don't recall changing the default password, I've tried the few passwords I usuually use just in case.

there is no CD drive so I can't install anything else except by usb stick. Wouldn't I need a password to do that anyway?
 
Old 08-07-2011, 08:27 AM   #6
MTK358
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Posts: 6,443
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721Reputation: 721
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapper501 View Post
Linpus was preinstalled when I bought the Acer Aspire one.
You might want to remove it.

I don't recall changing the default password, I've tried the few passwords I usuually use just in case.

Quote:
Originally Posted by trapper501 View Post
Wouldn't I need a password to do that anyway?
Of course not. Installing an OS doesn't involve the old OS in any way, the hardware itself finds the new OS and starts it. Then you can enter the password in the new OS and do whatever you want.
 
Old 08-07-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Well I came here hoping to find help rather than glib comments.

I have no idea how to remove it or how to replace it or how to make it work better without the password.
 
Old 08-07-2011, 09:02 AM   #8
jdkaye
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, UK
Distribution: Debian Testing Amd64
Posts: 5,464

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapper501 View Post
Well I came here hoping to find help rather than glib comments.

I have no idea how to remove it or how to replace it or how to make it work better without the password.
Deep breaths and stay calm. We're all friends here (well usually ). When you burn an installation cd/dvd it is something you can boot from. It pays no notice to what's on your hard drive at first. You follow the directions which usually involves things like what language you want to work in and other equally difficult choices. Only later does it come around to asking you about what to do with your hard drive (or rather with what's on your hard drive). That's when you learn all about "to partition or not to partition". If you really haven't got around to using linpus at all then you might as well wipe your hard drive and replace it with whatever it is you're installing. Far be it from me to be glib. I hope I was at least clear.
ciao,
jdk
 
Old 08-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #9
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I've been using Linpus on here for a while and I've been reasonably happy with it, very impressed with some things too.

However I want to be able to do things like use skype, use flash player, watch .mov and MP4 I can't do that without changes.

I don't know how to get a different version of linux that might do this nor how to update linpus without a password. I don't have a CD player on this netbook so would need to do anything with a stick.

It may be that I need somebody with specific experience of this notebook and this version of linux to help, and it may be too old for that.

I'm a bit stuck not knowing how to improve it or change it. All help gratefully received
 
Old 08-07-2011, 11:43 AM   #10
jdkaye
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, UK
Distribution: Debian Testing Amd64
Posts: 5,464

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Possible solutions:
1. Yes, you can install from a usb stick. You'll need instructions on how to do that but they're not hard to find. If you like Linpus you can just go to their site and grab an installation image that can be put on a usb stick. As I mentioned, you can do that without a password and while installing Linpus it will either prompt you to supply a password or else use the default password which appears to be "11111".
2. Try another distro using the same usb method.
3. Give up.
Linux is very good at running on older machines so your chances of success are good. One thing is, it's hard to do anything with your system if you don't have access to root permissions. Other light-weight linux distros you could try are Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux. There are many others as well. Coraggio!
ciao,
jdk
 
Old 08-07-2011, 12:07 PM   #11
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
oh thanks, before I try that I'll try your 11111 as that is one 1 less than I was trying.
 
Old 08-07-2011, 12:18 PM   #12
norobro
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Debian Sid
Posts: 546

Rep: Reputation: 197Reputation: 197
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapper501 View Post
I can do alt F2, and then it has xterm so enter then type su and enter then it asks for a password I dobn't have.
Pardon me for butting in here but maybe the above is the problem. The command should be: "sudo su". Linpus should then ask for your user password and give you root privileges so you change the root password by running "passwd"
 
Old 08-07-2011, 02:08 PM   #13
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
ah, ok, when I do that it says type in new unix password then says it doesn't match
 
Old 08-07-2011, 02:15 PM   #14
trapper501
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Distribution: Linpus
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
ah, I perevered and I think I have a new unix password, now I can't find the file I downloaded to try it but thanks
 
Old 08-07-2011, 02:22 PM   #15
EDDY1
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland,Ca
Distribution: wins7, Debian wheezy
Posts: 6,838

Rep: Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649
I'm not sure if this helps but acer aspire has a bios password, but you would have to set it. The default on mine is 6-0's.
If you or someone else changed it you'll have to research resetting & I don't think there's going to be much information available online, you may have to take it to a shop.

Last edited by EDDY1; 08-07-2011 at 02:24 PM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
kppp password protection bong.mau Linux - Software 1 11-11-2007 09:31 AM
Password Protection How? saheelahamed Linux - Software 0 10-08-2007 01:22 AM
Directory password protection scootz6 Linux - Security 2 03-25-2004 03:04 PM
password protection kushal Linux - Security 4 10-10-2002 10:33 PM
Password Protection TheSockMonster Linux - Newbie 1 05-27-2002 12:10 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration