Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-03-2005, 07:44 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: suse 9.1
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
problem logging in as root


I'm new to Linux and I have a problem installing drivers for my graphics card (ATI Radeon 9200). I read in this forum somewhere that I have to be logged in as root to do that. I tried the Login command in console with the password I set up for root but I got an error. Now I try the same command and the console immediately closes. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-03-2005, 09:21 AM   #2
LQ Addict
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: East Centra Illinois, USA
Distribution: Debian stable
Posts: 5,908

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
Login as root is seldom required. when installing new software, if you need root priviledge to finish the process (or if you need root from the start of the installation), use the su command (some people interpet the meaning of the name as 'switch user'; others 'super user').

It's a convenient way to have temporary root authority. Open a terminal windo, type wu, and press enter. At the next prompt, enter the root password. The prompt should change to show you are now root.

Run the command(s) you need, and when finished, type exit, and press enter to exit root priviledge.
Old 07-03-2005, 10:01 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: suse 9.1
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I still can't install the drivers I've downloaded for my graphics card. How is it possible to get an access denied message when I'm logged in as root? What exactly am I doing wrong?

The file I'm trying to install has .run extension. Is there another way than just typing ./
Old 07-03-2005, 10:06 AM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 8,507

Rep: Reputation: 125Reputation: 125
The access denied there means the installer has not been made executable. Execute 'chmod +x ./filename' and then try running it.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem in text based terminal when logging as root MSafty SUSE / openSUSE 3 08-22-2005 03:14 PM
Problem in text based terminal when logging as root MSafty Linux - Software 2 08-16-2005 11:09 PM
Logging In as root DiabloDan Linux - Newbie 6 07-22-2003 03:00 PM
using red-carpet without logging out and logging as root. packman Linux - Software 1 12-09-2002 02:55 AM
Problem with X on ML8.2 logging in as root imoz Linux - Software 1 10-27-2002 04:30 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration