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I have just come over from the darkside (Microsoft) and am finding problems with a few items.
I am trying to configure the monitor/video card as I am having problems with the nvidia geforce 4 integrated video card. Some instructions I have sat to press ctrl alt and f1 to go to the text console. I do but it asks for a login and does not accept my user name and password.
If you have not modified anything, then you only have one password and you must always use your username (e.g. you cannot log in as root). If you cannot log in to a console (using ctrl-alt-F1), then try using a terminal from the menus.
I assume that you can start up the machine and log in with your username and password. When you try it in the console, what error message do you get?
Any chance you use a different keyboard layout or locale setting when you are in the graphical environment vs. when you're at the console on a virtual terminal?
As an example: a long while back I had a dvorak keyboard I used regularly at my desktop, and in my xorg.conf, I had it set to use 'dvorak' layout; but when I switched out of X, this setting was gone, so the keyboard was all weird.
Also, do you use any non-standard letters or symbols in the password, that may be present in your GUI login locale configuration, but are in a different locale than that which your terminal is set up for?
Just so you know, every virtual terminal has its own 'memory' for settings of num-lock, caps-lock and that sort of thing. You can see this by going to a VT and turning num-lock on, then switching to another VT; num-lock should go off; switching back, and it should come back on. So if you enable num-lock in the VT you're in, the situation should go away.
Last edited by GrapefruiTgirl; 01-08-2010 at 11:52 PM.