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Old 01-23-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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cannot format my drive or find the root password in order to install or uninstall so

i have a hp mini 1100using linux lite deb 3.2.04-4-686-pac grub v 1.99-27+deb
no commands work unless i type in a root password which I do not know.Tried a new os in linux but it will not load even tried win 7 but same effect. The present os is working but i can not add or delete
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thank you in advance Camper
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one can ALWAYS reformat a drive
( you CAN NOT however reformat a drive that is in use )

pop in Gparted live cd
install operating system
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Hi. Do you want to keep the current OS, could try in a terminal:
sudo passwd
(if no root password is set yet(?)) also try defaults if you did not set it like root or toor or:
if you simply want to wipe the drive and install you may need to set the bios to boot to CD or USB? Best wishes and have fun.


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