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Old 03-22-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
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New to Linux...1st. hr....the absolute start u window needs user nam and password...W

Hi.New to this linux system...changed os to Absolute it as far as a start up window asking for a "Username" then Password.
Since it did not require this during do I proceed...
Thanks a lot...appreciate your time...
Old 03-22-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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I've never tried Absolute, but didn't it ask you to choose a password for root during install? If it did, log in as root, then in the terminal type:
adduser name
(substitute cheesey, or whatever). It will ask you a few questions, press Enter to accept defaults, then give it a password.
Old 03-22-2009, 10:07 PM   #3
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As far as I remember,Absolute installs first and on the first reboot it ask for the root password (to be created) and then you add a normal user (you)where you will have to give a user password.Im sure it also configures your sound and video settings at this point too.Remember to install the multimedia stuff (look for it in the menu once up and running).Hope this helps.I installed Absolute on a friends pc a while back but I think thats pretty much how it goes.
Old 03-23-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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I'm afraid that I'm a complete duffer when it comes to any kind of "dos" command it just better that I reinstall xp on the computer...I'm afraid I really don't understand how to "go to root command".
Also the install never asked for any user name and password...which is why I am uselessly confused now about the solutions..
Thanks again for your time and patience...
Old 03-23-2009, 03:34 PM   #5
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The installer in Absolute doesn't ask for a root password.On your first boot you will be asked for a root password (this means you make it up yourself and write it down somewhere safe).You then only use this root password when needed.At this point you also create a user account which you have to give a name and a password.You shouldn't need to use the command line (unless you eventually want to).As I recall when installing WinXP you also need to come up with a password.This is for the Administrator.You then also have to create a user account and password so it really is just the same in Absolute.It just looks different.Stick with it.It gets less scary as you go :-)
BrianL is quite right in the method he explained to you.This would work in Absolute as it does in Slackware but as I said you don't need to do it this way.As I said before,on the first boot of Absolute you will fill in all of the needed details for root and normal user and you wont need to use the command line.

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Old 03-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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What was the reason to start out with Absolute?
For a cold start into Linux you are probably better served with some more Beginner-oriented distributions like Ubuntu. There are several ways to regain your computer and setting passwords, but all these alternatives need some basic knowledge about doing things on a command-line shell.

As a matter of fact - even in Windows XP you are quite lost as a beginner if all users are password-protected and you don't know any of the passwords. So this password thing is not really a Linux-only issue.

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