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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.
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.
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!
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"
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.