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Old 01-16-2005, 10:49 AM   #1
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system changed my root-password


hi,

i am using mandrake 10 and i am absolutely pissed of by it right now:

first of all i got the following problem which i posted a few hours ago:

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hi,

i noticed a really strange error in mandrake 10:

when i start the control center (e.g. to configure network stuff), i get prompted for root password, when i enter the root password, the control center screen says it is loading, but nothing happens, it stays in the state of loading........and i have to kill the process

now the really strange thing about this:

this only happens when i started some other processes before e.g. firefox, xmms etc., if i open the control center right after i logged on to the system, the control center starts without freezing!

when the control center crashes (or whatever one can call this behaviour) , i still can start the control center applications manually by typing
"harddrake2" etc. in the terminal, but waiting for the control center to crash is a nuisance and an inconvenience, so:

has anybody experienced this strange behaviour, too?
does anybody know how to fix this?

thanks in advance, dan


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somebody posted i should reinstall some older rpms, but didnt say what older rpms...............

anyways, i got used to start the control center elements via console,
but then:

i installed mandrake yesterday (the installation was flawless and quick), today i installed firefox, java and eclipse which all worked fine, and then
i worked for a while with eclipse, after that i wanted to switch to root to install another programm.
when i was prompted for the root pass i typed it in, and the system said it was an invalid password, i logged out, the same , i restarted the computer, the same...........
in other words i dont get root access anymore, and i surely didnt do something like changing my password.........

any ideas???
how can the system all of a sudden change my root password?

mandrake is (or was) my favourite distribution, but right now i think this distro is absolut bullshit

could somebody please tell me how this could happen?

thx in advance
 
Old 01-16-2005, 11:15 AM   #2
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I don't know how it could happen, but you can fix it fairly easily if you still have your installation CDs. Try using them to boot into rescue or single-user mode. Then you can change the root password back to what you want.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Possible Keyboard problem

Just to eliminate the obvious, could you have a stuck shift, alt or ctrl key? Have you tried with another keyboard?
 
  


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