My dad recently passed away leaving me with a Linux system
Sorry for your loss...
And welcome to the forum.
Okay, and...congrats with your own system...that's locked...bummer...
What are the goals? Keep using it? Or extract the data and rebuild a new install?
As far as resetting a root pass, this page
may help, okay, it's Ubuntu, but let's start from there...
If you just want to extract (valuable) data, my method may help:
- get a Live CD (Knoppix
is pretty helpfull)
- boot the PC with that disc
- pop into the console
- become Root "su-" on Knoppix
- find the hard drive "fdisk -l"
- mount the hard drive, mostly it's something liek "sda" or the like "mount /dev/sda1 /media"
- start the Midnight Commander (possibly the BEST thing ever invcented) "mc"
- the rest is pretty simple: go the the very top of the three, enter the folder called Media and browse the hard drive
What just happened? Well, the hard drivee was'nt copied to somewhere else, but "mounted" into the file system, that behaves like a tree. Anything (disk, USB stick CDrom anything) gets allocated into a folder as if it were a folder on the system, neat huh
Allow me to follow thif up...
And again, welcome