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I just got a old laptop that my dad picked up from work that someone had thrown away. I turned it on and it already had redhat 7.3 loaded on it. So I turned it on and it loaded up and it says: "localhost login:" I dont know the password or login or anything, and there are no options when it loads up, it just boots up and goes to this screen. Any suggestions?
Circumventing authentication measures in this case is a bit shady. I would recommend downloading a new linux distro and doing a complete format and re-install. Redhat 7.3 isn't supported any more, so using someone elses linux installation is probably a bad idea. If you insist on gaining access, there are ways to do so, but this isn't really the site to find them.
On boot at the LILO prompt type (w/o quotes) "1", "single", "S" or "init=/bin/sh". Once the machine has successfully entered runlevel 1 run "passwd" to change the root account password. Another way would be to boot your distro's rescue cdrom or floppy and run passwd from there. You'll need that if runlevel 1 is "protected" by running "sulogin" instead of "login".
Originally posted by Deno521 my own pc boots to localhost login, i know my password and all that but but no idea what to do. its at runlevel 6 and im using mandrake 10.
it ask for password but i cant type anything in
Run level 3 is command line
Run level 5 is X i.e GUI, KDE, Gnome etc.
Run level 6 reboots the OS.
Passwords are not echoed to the screen i.e no **** because that way if anyone is looking over your shoulder it is harder to see the number of characters being typed.