Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Blogs > Nelda Nolen
User Name


Rate this Entry

Newbie cannot even open the system! HELP!

Posted 12-22-2005 at 02:39 PM by Nelda Nolen

Hello, I am of course a newbie in the dark!
I purchased a nice computer at an auction, and have NO idea how to "get in to the OS, and it is password protected. I just want to get in and set up a new OS or at least learn how to use this new system! I am currently attending a vo-tech for computer repair and troubleshooting, but there is so little information about Linux...
I know how to set jumpers to reset bios in other OS's, but don't know if that will work in Linux...........sheesh, I feel dumb!
I can get into bios, and I changed the system and user password, but I assume these are not what I have seen reffered to as the 'root', since new passwords won't let me in. They take me to a red 'lilo' screen and only offer 'defaults' and ask for password! Please forgive my ignorance
and help if you can!

During POST it lists gentoo linux and asks for tama-chan password?
Thank you for any help you can offer.....:)
Posted in Uncategorized
Views 1309 Comments 1
« Prev     Main     Next »
Total Comments 1


  1. Old Comment
    it's not silly to be locked out. There is literally no way to boot a linux machine if it password protected (that is why it is so secure)

    1 .If you bought it is there really anything you want to keep anyway?

    2. do you have a linux installation cd?
    Mandriva, Fedora Suse etc during install ask do you wish to format all drives / (root) /home (where your Desktop favourites Documents are)
    if you dont want to keep any format all of them.

    3. once you have formatted you will be prompted what programs you wish to install (office, multimedia, games etc)
    they will install and

    4. you will be asked for a NEW fresh password of your choice.

    5. you will be asked to install a boot loader say yes (lilo is a bootloader) it will replace it and remove the password.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Nelda Nolen Nelda Nolen is offline


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration