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Old 06-14-2003, 07:27 AM   #1
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root password

Well I am so sorry it took all these years to come over to the other side.
I have a problem. I recently installed Redhat 9 on a p-3 gateway, which seems to work fine. I have also purchased a gateway laptop on ebay, it came with Redhat installed, which is great, but there is one little glitch in the laptop. No root password came with the thing. Is there a way to reconfigure the root password? there is a load of software on the thing and there is no way for me to install it without the root PW. The user name was set up as a generic user, called aplus or a+plus but nothing in a text file anywhere for a root pw. Any help would be great thanks.
Old 06-14-2003, 07:28 AM   #2
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Have you tried contacting gateway? They should be able to tell you the p/w they set up.
Old 06-14-2003, 07:29 AM   #3
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Lots of people have this problem - here's a few threads with solutions -
Old 06-14-2003, 08:17 AM   #4
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(I'm assuming this still works as I've not tired it with redhat lately)
get the redhat 9 install disk and boot off it hit F1 (I think) for expert options... then you should be able to type at a command prompt. "rescue" it will boot you to a basic shell where you can type in " passwd root " and change it
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Ok guys and gals thanks for the help on the pw reset, got it done in lilo I believe, now the question is how the heck do I get OUT of lilo and back to my boot up screen?
Told you all I am extremely newbe
Old 06-14-2003, 12:09 PM   #6
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Got it!!

Now that was a hard one ! should have typed before I asked such a stupid question ( reboot) boy thats hard thanks for this forum folks it is great.


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