Visit Jeremy's Blog.
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 10-17-2005, 11:03 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 33

Rep: Reputation: 15
Can't log in as Root

Well I am a total newb. so please bear with me. I am attempting to install my video drivers on Mandriva 2005 but to do so I need to be logged in as root. So what I did was booted into failsafe mode and typed "login" at the prompt. It prompted me for a user name which I supplied as "root" and hit enter. Next it asked for a password which I entered. It stated that the information was incorrect so I tried to login with root about 4 more times. Still not Dice. So I tried one of the limited accounts I set up and guess what they worked.

To add to the confusion I am able to login as root from the X server. What am I doing wrong?
Old 10-17-2005, 11:18 PM   #2
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 83

Rep: Reputation: 15
Just get a terminal window under X and
just type "su -" and then type root password to become root.
Old 10-17-2005, 11:32 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 33

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I did what you said and I was able to login but when I attempted to install the driver I get this error.

You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before
installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING
THE NVIDIA DRIVER in the README available on the Linux driver
download page at
Old 10-18-2005, 01:01 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: May 2004
Location: In the DC 'burbs
Distribution: Arch, Scientific Linux, Debian, Ubuntu
Posts: 4,290

Rep: Reputation: 378Reputation: 378Reputation: 378Reputation: 378
You need to shutdown the graphical user interface (GUI) to install the Nvidia drivers. For most distros you can do this by typing "init 3" (no quotes) as root on the command prompt. If you'd tell us your distro, someone here could verify that that's correct for your environment.


Oops, you said Mandriva and I missed it. I believe "init 3" will work in Mandrive, but I don't use it personally so I'm not 100% sure. Good luck!


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
Cant only log in as root after user log-in. ADJenkins Linux - General 2 11-17-2004 05:18 PM
Log Out root Then Log In As Other User xtremcoder Linux - General 4 10-05-2004 12:01 AM
How to log in as Root Gilligan Mandriva 10 10-12-2003 12:55 PM
Log-in Through Root ? SuseBoy Linux - General 3 09-30-2003 01:51 PM
Log on as Root, or switch to Root, in MDK 9.1 - KDE 3.1.0 snorky Mandriva 3 09-01-2003 01:07 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:40 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
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration