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What boot manager is installed? There are two ways around this, and it depends how tightly the system has been secured.
The basic idea is to pass the init=/bin/sh parameter to the kernel before it is booted - this boots up in a single user mode, to a root prompt. You can then use passwd to change the root password (and any others that you like).
If you're using grub, this has a much more detailed set of instructions at the following link. It talks about libranet, but the idea is the same for all distributions.
My apologies, it's been a while since using lilo - you need to hit the tab key, not the shift. If you just sit there tapping it pretty quickly as the boot goes along, you're bound to hit it while lilo is up.
thanks liamoboyle for your suggestions.
[tab] key on lilo/zenwalk load gets to command line
nothing i can do there gets me anywhere except statement saying
"no such image [Tab] shows a list"
which [tab] does not. [tab] just reitterates the "Zenwalk/boot:" command line
and of course the command "zenwalk" continues boot & loads zenwalk.
box BIOS is set to:
boot drive 1 floppy
boot drive 2 CD-ROM
boot drive 3 HDD0
ebay seller is sending me burned cd-rom of zenwalk 1.3
safe to say that cd itself will boot to load zenwalk?
but in a way good, as i'm learning linux more from the ground, up.
Yeah, there can be a steep learning curve. Tab is showing you the list - it's just that there is only one kernel there to boot, the zenwalk one. Where you get the boot: prompt try entering something like this -
boot: zenwalk init=/bin/sh
With a little luck, this will get you in - the links above should tell you what to do from there. Something along the lines of (off the top of my head)
mout -o remount,rw /
If you're getting a bootable CD, you might as well have a look around and consider what distribution you want to go with and just install that. I personally use Debian, but it isn't traditionally known as being very user friendly, although with the modern Gnome/KDE setup, you can do most configuration with GUI tools if that's the way you want it.
interesting. i tried
boot: zenwalk init=/bin/sh
and zenwalk appeared to load as the "zenwalk" command or [enter] alone would do.
boot up script now stops at
and every command tried yields
"command not found"