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Old 05-11-2003, 12:16 PM   #1
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Question Total Newb/Root Access??


I'm a total new be to Linux. So I know this will be an basic questions. Just loaded up Red Hat 9. I running an Asus P4PE MB and the entire insulation went fine except for loading the on-board LAN. Broadcom BCM4400 is the driver is what I need to install. Know the big question is how do I go about it. I have the note on the driver off the MB CD. That should be no problem.

From what I can guess is I can gain root access through the terminal. So my big question is.... How do I do that and what are the commands that will allow me to gain that access to install the driver.

If there is a good web site I can go to that would have a complete list of root commands for an admin, kind of like Linux for Dummies, that would be a great help.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 12:24 PM   #2
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Linux isn't for dummies, fortunately.

Windows for dummies isn't a book, it's a way of life.

Open an x terminal and command this and give root's password:
Code:
[phil@tinwhistle phil]$ su -
Password: 
[root@tinwhistle root]#
Notice from the prompt that that terminal is now root rather than phil. Now you can administer your computer through that x terminal.

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Old 05-11-2003, 01:01 PM   #3
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[mrbill@localhost mrbill]$ su - mrbill
Password: xxxxxx

getting incorrect password message.

When I set up Red Hat it asked me to enter a admin password. I did that. I set up a user when it asked -- mrbill, and set the password for that user.

I can change settings for things like network settings, and so on. When I enter those it will ask for a admin password, I enter that password, and it gives me access, but I can not gain root access through the terminal. Admin password is different that my user password. <---- Just in case someone would ask.

Did I do something wrong on insulation??

Last edited by MrBill; 05-11-2003 at 01:25 PM.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 01:17 PM   #4
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"[mrbill@localhost mrbill$ su - mrbill"

that's the wrong syntax, just try "su" and nothing else. if it says nicorrect password, then you got the password wrong...
 
Old 05-11-2003, 01:19 PM   #5
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[mrbill@localhost mrbill]$ su - mrbill sorry that was just a typo

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Old 05-11-2003, 11:04 PM   #6
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*bump*

Still looking for a little help on this.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 11:13 PM   #7
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It's probably clumbsy typing. If it works one way with root's password, it should work the other way with root's password.

Try it this way. From your user's account:
Code:
[phil@tinwhistle phil]$ su -
Password: 
[root@tinwhistle root]#
Enter root's password at the prompt.

Best help you can find on Linux:
Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition

Good quick reference guide:
Linux Newbie Administrator Guide

Last edited by fancypiper; 05-11-2003 at 11:18 PM.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 12:06 AM   #8
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Got it thanks.
Wasn't sloppy typing, , it was the fact I was entering

su - (username)

instead of

su - (enter)
password: (admin Pass)

Didn't know I was suppose to just hit enter after typing su -

Thanks for your help.

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