You can try
sudo -s -H
This will bring you into a constant "super user mode" that has the same power as root.
I just tried "sudo passwd root" on my Ubuntu 5.10 box and it worked fine.
I just noticed that you typed "passwrd" not "passwd"
passwd is the correct way to enter the command
Last edited by jaykup; 02-09-2006 at 11:04 AM.