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Old 10-31-2008, 07:41 AM   #1
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new install need username pswd

first time installing 8.4 it wants username and pswd. there is no prompt


Old 10-31-2008, 07:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!!

What distribution (version) of Linux? eg maybe Ubuntu 8.04?

During the installation of any Linux version, you will be asked for a username and password. Did you see that?

OR--perhaps you are talking about booting a live CD?? These sometimes as for a login, but it is usually just something like "root", "admin", "guest", etc. Check the instructions if nothing works.

If the system is completely installed, you can get into it without a password by booting into "single-user" mode: When you first boot up, you will see a screen with the choices of what to boot. Hit any key to stop the countdown, then "e" for edit. Select the kernel line, and hit "e" again. Add the word "single" (no quotes) at the end of this line. Now, when you boot, you will be in a root environment with no password required. Now you can change usernames and passwords.
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Please indicate which linux distribution you are using. If you are attempting to boot from a live-evaluation CD and are asked for a username and password, first try leaving them black and click login, or look at what the default options are for the username on the login screen.

For example, on SimplyMepis, the default usernames when booting up the live-evaluation CD at the login prompt are something like "user" or "guest", and "root". In that case, simply click on one of the options and it should fill in the username for you. The password is normally the same as the username, so either "user", "guest", or "root", depending on what was offered on the login screen for usernames, and which one you selected.

Also note the single-user mode discussed in the previous post.

Please inform us of any difficulties you continue to face.


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