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Old 08-02-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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login failure


I just installed Linux Mandrake 10.2 on a spare computer. I am brand new to Linux and don't have a clue how to navigate this operating system. As I was installing it asked for an administrator password which I entered and then later a login name which I entered. I left the password blank for the user login password. Now when I try to login, I put in my username with no password but I get a login failure message. I tried entering the password for the administrator (which is myself) and that didn't work either. Do you have to have a password for the user login? How or where do I go to fix this? As I said I'm brand new to Linux so I have no idea where to go to take care of this. Any help will be a ppreciated.
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Old 08-02-2005, 02:20 PM   #2
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Log in as root by entering "root" as your login name. Then enter your root password. (root is the same thing as administrator.) Then do this:
Code:
passwd [your regular user name]
Enter new password:  [enter your password]
Re-enter new password:  [type your password again]
And then, you should be able to log in as a regular user. By the way, you should always have a password.
 
Old 08-02-2005, 02:21 PM   #3
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Hi!

The adminstrator in Linux is called root. Try loggin in with root and the password you set as administrator password. After you logged in click on the K-Menu button (in the left lower corner) and select run command. In the window type:
Code:
konsole
This will give you a console window, now type:
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passwd <user>
Enter the password and you should be ready to go!
 
Old 08-02-2005, 03:03 PM   #4
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I tried that and it didn't work. The box says welcome to localhost. Then username and password. What am I doing wrong?
 
Old 08-02-2005, 03:29 PM   #5
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Did you try to login as user root and the administrator password?

Try pressing Alt+F1 this will take you to a text console try logging in there. To switch back to graphical press Alt+F7.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 10:12 PM   #6
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That didn't work either. From the login I hit alt F1 and got nothing. I rebooted in failsafe and typed in login and got a login prompt but when I typed in root I got nothing, just another login failure. Any other suggestions? I'm listening.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:32 PM   #7
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Anybody got any other ideas?
 
Old 08-04-2005, 11:14 PM   #8
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Well, the simplest way would probably be to just reinstall it but that's just me
 
Old 08-05-2005, 03:34 AM   #9
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I just remembered... When I told you to press ALT + F2, that was wrong, what I meant was pressing CTRL + ALT + F2. Sorry for that
 
  


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