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Old 06-12-2005, 02:30 AM   #1
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Installation Root and Welcome Screen Password

I tried posting this in the Fedora section... however that section seems really inactive at the moment.

I attempted a search but the forums are currently experiencing a problem.

I tried to install FC3 earlier today for the first time. Everything went smooth except at the Welcome Screen I tried to enter my already set password and it denied me. I had just set the password like 10 minutes prior to the Welcome Screen.

I searched other forums for support and found that I should try:
At Grub, press a.
Then add the i to the end of the line.
Then enter passwd

This did not work. I then tried the first CD route:
linux rescue
chroot /mnt/sysimage

Which also didn't work. I then came upon information about becoming root:
su - then the latter sequence above worked. I was then able to change the password at the command line with success.

I then proceded to reboot and head to the Welcome Screen, again, I was unable to gain access. I also tried the Ctrl-Alt-F2 sequence which did not work.

To sum up, I am able to change the password at the command line, but I am unable to gain access at the Welcome Screen. I realize it's case sensitive and tried a few things related to that. Nothing.

Why can't I gain access? Further, why doesn't it recognize the password that I can change at the command line? Since this is the first install I have nothing on the FC partition that is valuable, should I wipe it and install it again?

Thank you
Old 06-12-2005, 11:56 AM   #2
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not sure about fedora, only use it in text mode, but some distros stop you logging into graphical sessions as root by default. Login as user and su to root. If you can login in text mode, but not graphical, this sounds likely.

If you must have a graphical root session: alt-ctrl-F1 > init 3 >startx

Old 06-12-2005, 12:21 PM   #3
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Nothing of that sort happened to me. I installed in graphical mode, installed everything, logged in as root (in the blue screen), made different configurations and updated the system. No glitches.

--Abid Kazmi
Old 07-10-2005, 10:33 AM   #4
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After Installing Fedora core 4.. (xp existed)

please forgive me if im not typing the post in the right place
i wasnt sure where must i do that..

ive reached this forum due to a problem i bumped into during installing the fedora core red hat and i was hoping someone might help me..

to the issue:

i have windows XP pro installed on my SATA hardrive.
i gave fedora 20GB free space.
i installed it propartly ( god i hope so , i followed the step by step i found in google search )
everything seemed to be ok , with no special errors i come to mention .. in the GRUB boot menu part in the fedora installtion ,it actualy found the " other " windows boot which is the XP , and the fedora itself ofcourse ( which i choised as default )

as i followed what the forums said.. and did so.. the fedora installation congratulated me for finishing the install and asked me to reboot.
once i did. the offering menu to either chooise fedora or XP never showed up, and instead, it just kept loading the XP normaly, and again with no errors.

i wouldnt be surpriced at all if i did something wrong although i followed the step by step guide..

would like to have someone here to help me with what ive missed, and ask anything at all..

Thank you Ahead..

Old 07-10-2005, 11:25 AM   #5
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kept loading the XP normaly, and again with no errors.
You'll need a bootable floppy disk to boot FC3. Or follow something of this sort:

--Abid Kazmi


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