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Old 08-22-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Question asks for password when none was given on install

Installed mint 8 persistent on 16 gb usb with linux live installer. Everything worked fine, even the os and software updates (the first time I had a usb install that had everything work, boot up, wifi, persistence to name a few) I booted It up twice before, the night before I updated os and the software and tried to find a program to rip cd's. this morning I booted it up and It asked for a user name and password. I always use the same user name & password. Now It won't let me in. Do you think It has anything to do with the os update. Thank you for your patients. Donnee

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Old 08-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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You installed everything, used the computer, shut it down, booted it up twice successfully and after doing updates it would not boot without a username and password. Is that about what happened? Sounds pretty weird. What kind of updates did you do. Have you tried just opening a terminal and typing sudo su (hit enter key) and entering your normal user password? I doubt I'll be of much help with thi.
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I believe your best bet will be single user mode, in grub it should be as easy as interrupting the boot then on the default boot option hit e, going to the line that starts "kernel" and hitting e to edit... go to the end of that line, type "single". And boot, this will drop you to a run-level 1 terminal where you should just be able to type "passwd" to change the root password as you want.


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