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Old 09-29-2004, 08:27 AM   #1
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Suse 9.1 Incorrect root password directly after install

I installed suse 9.1 Personal on my Fujitsu siemens laptop, and during the install i was aksed to enter a root password, i did, wrote it down.

Then way the install was complete and i booted into kde, i wanted to change some settings, suse asked me to enter root password, i did.
A dialog tells me i entered the wrong password. I DIDNT.

Tried to install suse twice, same thing, i enter the correct password, but suse tells me it is wrong.

Anyone had this problem?
Old 09-29-2004, 08:32 AM   #2
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OK, try the obvious first. Remember that passwords are case sensitive. If that isn't your problem then I don't know what's going on.
Old 09-29-2004, 08:36 AM   #3
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first, try what trevelluk said. if that still doenst work, download a live cd, such as knoppix, slax, damn small linux, or devil linux, and boot off that. when it boots mount the partition that SuSE is on, and edit the /etc/shadow
Old 09-29-2004, 09:04 AM   #4
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i dont think it is the case sensetive problem.

can you please give some more info about the /etc/shadow
is the file self-explaning ?

And yes, i┬┤m a newbie....
Old 09-29-2004, 11:55 AM   #5
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One thing to remember:

When you install SUSE 9.1, the default maximum length of passwords is 8 chars. Try using the first eight of them if it is set to more than that.

Old 10-01-2004, 02:04 AM   #6
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check keyboard for proper characters, open a word app., type the password and see if it comes out correct. (my thinkpad had a prob. w/ that, had to reconfig. keyboard type)


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