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Old 07-03-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Nuked my HD with DBAN....cannot get past the login screen


Got extremely fed up with Vista....tried to find a way for Vista and Ubuntu to live peacefully...but no luck. SO, I decided to start over and nuke my HD ,re-install JUST Ubuntu 10.04. Now after attempting to install Ub from the .iso, I need to re-enter UN and PW...which I have forgotten as its been so long ago. Im getting an obvious suthentication error. Can I find out the UN and PW through the CL...? Thanks!!!
 
Old 07-03-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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If you're re-installing, its a clean system and has no users/pwds. You just need to think of one for you to use.
 
Old 07-03-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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Strange.....

Thanks so much for your timely reply!
I am not even getting a grub screen?...My .iso boots and I am greeted by a login screen...Suprisingly this must be due to my previous ubuntu install attempt (before DBAN).Is this even possible (hah!)?
 
Old 07-03-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Are you sure it's booting the DVD/CDROM ? If so, it shouldn't be doing that AFAIK ...
 
Old 07-03-2011, 08:06 PM   #5
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Yes, I believe so.....

The drive light is very active......and then I get the dialog box for UN/PW
 
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If you have only one disk and DNAN'd it, I doubt you're seeing anything from it.
liveCD shouldn't ask for userid, but sometimes does - try ubuntu as userid, no password
 
Old 07-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #7
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thanks for trying......no luck. authentication error....quite perplexing.
 
Old 07-04-2011, 06:26 PM   #8
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Weird; how about trying a different distro, maybe Kubuntu or Mint ?
Just to see what happens. Personally I've never been asked for a username during install, but it may be a facet of using a LiveCD as opposed to straight install media. The latter might even work for Ubuntu.
 
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hello and again, thanks for the suggestion. Well, I tried exactly that earlier today and backtracked to 8.04 and installed that with no problem. Then I upgraded to 10.04LTS, also with no problem. A number of people had the same problem with UN/PW and Ubuntu and blank worked for some, but not for many. Very perplexing! The best thing about this is that I am Microsucks free of Vista, which was quite an irritant and a sloppy and slow lumbering elephant. With many apps going to the web the OS is becoming less relevant in many ways....Thanks to all again!!! Brett
 
  


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