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Old 07-03-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
apant
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problem logging in as root


Hi,

I'm new to Linux and I have a problem installing drivers for my graphics card (ATI Radeon 9200). I read in this forum somewhere that I have to be logged in as root to do that. I tried the Login command in console with the password I set up for root but I got an error. Now I try the same command and the console immediately closes. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
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Login as root is seldom required. when installing new software, if you need root priviledge to finish the process (or if you need root from the start of the installation), use the su command (some people interpet the meaning of the name as 'switch user'; others 'super user').

It's a convenient way to have temporary root authority. Open a terminal windo, type wu, and press enter. At the next prompt, enter the root password. The prompt should change to show you are now root.

Run the command(s) you need, and when finished, type exit, and press enter to exit root priviledge.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I still can't install the drivers I've downloaded for my graphics card. How is it possible to get an access denied message when I'm logged in as root? What exactly am I doing wrong?

The file I'm trying to install has .run extension. Is there another way than just typing ./filename.run?
 
Old 07-03-2005, 11:06 AM   #4
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The access denied there means the installer has not been made executable. Execute 'chmod +x ./filename' and then try running it.
 
  


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