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Old 03-20-2004, 06:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy Login problems with RedHat 9.0 (shrike)

I just installed RedHat 9.0 (shrike) on a 266MhZ Toshiba Laptop 330CDT. During the install i created an user account with the following information:

username: ed
full name: ed
password: dddddd

now when i get to the graphical login screen, i type the username 'ed' into the box and when i press <enter> nothing happens. Is there anyway to fix this problem, such as creating a new user from the command line ?
And I'm a new user to linux, don't any other commands other than "ls -l" which lists directories, so PLEASE include all instructions.

Old 03-20-2004, 06:38 AM   #2
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To create a new user, login as root and in the terminal type "newuser" or "adduser" follow the on screen instructions,
Old 03-20-2004, 07:14 AM   #3
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when i try to login as root when i enter the root password, which i set as 'dddddd' during the install and press enter it doesn't log me in.

i've also noticed that when i use my external keyboard, which is ps/2, it doesn't work after i press enter to load linux from the grub boot loader and i have to use the built in one on the laptop. is there anything i can do about that because the keyboard on my laptop doesn't function properly and i really need to be able to use the external one

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Old 03-21-2004, 02:28 PM   #4
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got it fixed
Old 03-21-2004, 06:28 PM   #5
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how how how. im having same issue. i was not promted to creat a user other then the root password with my RH9 CDs.

last time i tried it i could not log in at all as root would not let me log in???

i tried:


none of those let me log in as the root user so i could creat a 'user' to access the box with? WTF am i doing wrong, or is there something fubar with my CDs. got them with a beginners book to RH9 from the wrox group.

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the problem was really my keyboard. but when the boot loader comes up press 'e' to view the bootlines (you may have to press 'e' twice). look for line with kernel at the end and press <space> and type 'single' (without quotes) this allows linux to boot in single user mode. then change the boot password from there. go to and look at the redhat manuals.they tell you exacty how to do it there

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