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Old 05-18-2004, 01:31 AM   #1
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Localhost Login????


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?
 
Old 05-18-2004, 02:43 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 05-18-2004, 02:44 AM   #3
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Boot into runlevel 1, change root password.
 
Old 05-18-2004, 03:59 AM   #4
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how do i boot into level 1??? sorry im new
 
Old 05-18-2004, 02:43 PM   #5
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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".
 
Old 05-18-2004, 03:40 PM   #6
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I'd recommend going with a new linux distro (or at least, a "fresh" copy) for the machine. As was suggested, something supported.

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Old 09-28-2004, 04:23 PM   #7
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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

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Old 10-13-2004, 09:10 PM   #8
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So does mine...

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And, I'm running Xandros -

ACtually, I can type in the password, but it just doesn't show up on the screen, but it works.

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Old 10-13-2004, 10:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
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.
 
  


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