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Suse Linux 8.1 is ancient and supported anymore at all. Instead of trying to reset the password I would recommend to install a supported version of a Linux distribution. If you tell us the hardware specs we are able to recommend you one suitable for this machine.
Thanks very much, TobiSGD, and very kind of you. As I say - and of course must be very obvious - it is an ancient machine, a Dell Latitude from about 2002.
However, I have bought a slightly newer Asus netbook (Eee 900) from eBay which I intend to use to get to know Linux. It's due at the end of the week, so perhaps I'll return the Dell to the cupboard. Cheers paul
Interesting, Travalon, and it looks as though Linux goes well on this vintage Latitude. I started it quite often years ago, to look at it, and to think that I must get around to learning it. Now I am determined to.
The system seems to open well on the laptop and runs smoothly until it gets to the login. As mentioned, I'm pretty sure I remember the two or three words required but not the sequence. Linux lets me attempt three times and then stops entry.
I had wondered if there was some code one could use to extend the entry attempts. Three words doesn't sound much, but there's an alternative spelling, the order of the words, and spaces (or not).