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Old 03-15-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Cannot Login to Console Debian


I'm a complete Linux n00b. I am trying to install AMD drivers. I probably installed the wrong version of Debian, I think I did squeeze. I have updated tons of packages over the last couple of days.

I finally found a page that appears to have some good directions so I was trying to follow the directions and go to the console I keep getting the error "login incorrect"
(page I found http://debianandi.blogspot.com/2012/...ry-driver.html)

I wrote down my root password, which I've used a lot to install packages. When I press ctrl+alt+f1 to go to console it asks for the login name. What's the login name or where do I find the login name?

I've tried Admin, Administrator.... root, turnip...
I've tried my user name.
I set up a new user which is also part of the adm group (I assume that's administrator) and tried loggingin in with that user and it doesn't work.

Can this version be upgraded enough to work?

Am I better off installing a different version of Debian, and what version would that be?

If the versions do not matter then what's the assigned name for the admin?

Thanks,
A complete Linux n00b
 
Old 03-15-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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First thing's first -- the name of the "administrator" account is root as it is on [almost] all Linux distributions.
Have you checked your caps lock is off when you're trying to log in as root in the terminal? Does your root password contain characters such as the sign which may change places in different locales (if so then try the place they appear on a US keyboard if yours isn't)?
Otherwise, if you really can't get the root password to work then you can reset the root password using the following instructions:
http://www.debianadmin.com/how-to-re...-password.html
 
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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First thing's first -- the name of the "administrator" account is root as it is on [almost] all Linux distributions.
Have you checked your caps lock is off when you're trying to log in as root in the terminal? Does your root password contain characters such as the sign which may change places in different locales (if so then try the place they appear on a US keyboard if yours isn't)?
Otherwise, if you really can't get the root password to work then you can reset the root password using the following instructions:
http://www.debianadmin.com/how-to-re...-password.html
I'll try root again. My password is regular chars and numbers.

When I type my password to try and get into the console I don't even get *** characters to show I typed anything. Is this normal?
 
Old 03-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #4
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First thing's first -- the name of the "administrator" account is root as it is on [almost] all Linux distributions.
Have you checked your caps lock is off when you're trying to log in as root in the terminal? Does your root password contain characters such as the sign which may change places in different locales (if so then try the place they appear on a US keyboard if yours isn't)?
Otherwise, if you really can't get the root password to work then you can reset the root password using the following instructions:
http://www.debianadmin.com/how-to-re...-password.html

TY I got into the console. I think I typed Root the other times I tried using that.

Thanks.

Now if I can get the rest done I'll be cooking with gas.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
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Glad I could help.
You probably know by now but it is normal that you don't get asterisks when typing in your password at a Linux prompt.
If your problem is solved, don't forget to mark the thread solved also .
 
Old 03-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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If you haven’t already, I really recommend that you backup your Xorg.conf before you try to install the AMD drivers.

After running aticonfig --initial it changes some parameters in the xorg file which, if not setup correctly, can take away your graphical interface after a reboot.
 
  


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