Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 10-01-2006, 01:31 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2006
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
After installation on new hardware, computer won't recognize my login info


I had been running Linux for a while when a power outage fried my motherboard. My friend decided I needed to buy a new one. Somehow that led to me needing a new processor as well. After installing the new hardware my friend booted up the computer and everything was normal for a while. Then the computer froze. he re-started it, did something weird, and now, before my computer gets to the desktop environment, it goes to black screen and asks for my login and password. It doesn't recognize my login and password saying "check pass; user unknown" "authentication failure" etc.

Then every so often it says INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

I had been running Redhat/KDE Fedora Core Release 3 Kernel 2.6.10-1.741_FC3

I know, that's probably pretty old now.

Anyway, it would be nice to know if there's anything I can do, or if my 'friend' has totally screwed up my computer by not knowing what he was doing and I've lost everything.

Thank you so so so much. It's been so long since this happened and I've had no home computer. I can't figure out what to do.

Old 10-01-2006, 07:02 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Romania
Distribution: Suse 12.0, Slackware 12.1, Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo
Posts: 301

Rep: Reputation: 30
I can't say I'm an expert, but from my knowledge, when you replace the motherboard, you kinda have to reinstall the OS. Actually I'm surprised it even worked for a while...
What he did, I don't know, but, in order to prevent brute force attacks, linux slows down the passwrod checking after a while. Anyway, the only thing you can do is reset the root password, see if it - accidently - works, and if it doesnt... just format and reinstall everything.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Computer will not recognize Linksys router acopisshe Linux - Networking 2 03-06-2006 03:43 AM
Restored computer with windows 98 and it would not recognize my modem. B. Helms General 1 08-17-2004 10:06 PM
Installation doesn't recognize Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES installation cd bizkut Red Hat 2 08-15-2004 09:57 AM
Computer won't recognize netinst CD pipeline109 Linux - Newbie 10 06-28-2004 10:50 PM
Computer doesn't recognize Mandrake CD? Silverlancer Mandriva 11 06-25-2004 08:39 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:34 PM.

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