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Old 08-13-2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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Question root issue

I tried to gop from Ubuntu 5.04 to 5.10. I rebooted the pc and it takes me to a command prompt. I then type in "startx" and I get this error.

/usr/bin/startx: line 143/dev/nell permission denied

I then try chmod 777 /dev/nell and I am getting a Authentication failure error.

Please help
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Old 08-13-2006, 01:54 PM   #2
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You should login as root first. You can do that by typing "su" at the commandline. Or you can try: "sudo -c [command]" to give a command as root.
Old 08-13-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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Could the command prompt realy be a log-in line? Try typing in your log-in name and see if it asks for a password. If it does, give it your word, then try startx.

Come back and tell us if this worked. Good luck.

Old 08-14-2006, 08:27 AM   #4
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Smile Root Problem

Well learned alot of things yesterday. I had to call a buddy of mine who knows linux inside and out. I was not in root when I was trying to do everything. DOH! Then when I did get to root it was still giving me issues so my friend walked me threw formating my 5.04 to reinstalling my 5.10. I am able to get into Linux just fine now. Thanks for all your help. I learned alot.



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