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ok, when i boot up to mandrake 9.1, it comes to a login screen. because i haven't made a new user account, i login as root. after a minute or so it goes to a gui login screen where i have to login as root again. after that it takes me to a colored screen, red i think, and from there i can access a menu by left-clicking with my mouse. in this menu there is no option for how to shut down, or how to get a command prompt. how can i either shut down or get a command prompt?
i do a hard restart by pressing the restart button on my tower, and when i reboot into linux, i get this message after typing "y" to check the integrity of my hard drive or sumthin like that. i get this message:
/dev/hda5: Inode 178912, i_blocks is 664, should be 8, FIXED
and there are a bunch more of these. what does this mean, how do i fix it, and would the problem go away if i shut down my computer properly? please help, i'm a noobie and i dont really know what i'm doing.
what you did was you had corrupted your file system.
You might get it work after reboot several times. but the best thing to do was use your mandrake cd 1 in rescue mode to recover your corrupted file using "fsck".
you could just do a "man fsck" first before you use your rescue disc or just go to www.mandrakelinux.com and read the man file about how "fsck" works.
The easiest way for a newbie was to reinstall, what you should do next time. If this happens, was press ctrl-alt-F1 to login as text mode and shutdown your system cleanly!
Distribution: Slackware / Debian / *Ubuntu / Opensuse / Solaris uname: Brian Cooney
control+alt+f1 will usually give you some logging stuff for x, but not a login.
control+alt+f2 will give you a fresh login. control+alt+f7 will give back the x session. CAf3-CAf6 will also give you login cli's.
Edit: Also, im pretty sure that if you do go to log out, at least as root, one of your options will be to shut down. Either that, or there should be a shutdown option on the login screen after you log out. I havent used mandrake since 8.0.... but I doubt they would have removed thoes features.
okay, in mandrake, the reason it is giving you a hard time logged in as root with the gui is because it is **bad** don't login as root with gui because you have the potential to to permanently damage your system
mandrake is discouraging your logging in as root, ticking you off on purpose, so it is not your fault and its not something wrong with your computer
what you should do, is go into a command prompt (ctrl alt f6 is always available), login as root, and then type adduser
just follow the instructions and all will be set
like said before, ctrl alt f7 will get you back into X
ok, i hadn't known about the ctrl+alt+F6 and F7 thing, that helps, thx. as for adding a user, that's where i'm having trouble. this is what happened, i logged in as root, and added a user, eeee. when i tried to delete the password for eeee because i didnt know what the password was, it didn't work. this is what was on the screen:
[root@localhost root]#passwd -d eeee
Removing password for user eeee
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
what does this mean, and was i doing something wrong? thanks, E