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Old 05-04-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu keeps forgetting my password.

I just installed Ubuntu 8.04 last night using Wubi on a Windows Vista Ultimate (32 bit) machine. The installation was pretty much flawless except that it asked for a Username and Password that I hadn't set up. After figuring that out... and yes it's a glitch, just boot into the recovery mode and reset your password then reboot... it worked fine. This morning I fired up my system, launched into Ubuntu, entered by Username and then my Password only to get a password incorrect, please re-enter your password prompt.

Uhm... I know what my password is so why is it that Ubuntu doesn't? And no, my Caps Lock was off and my Num Lock was on.

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Old 05-04-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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I don't know much about the wubi. But when you get the ubuntu login screen type ALT+CTRL+F2 It will give you a terminal based login screen. Try that first.

One of the kind of pains in the butt with a fresh ubuntu install is the lack of a root user.

If that doesn't work then you should boot into single user mode. Which I don't even know how to do with ubuntu. That will give you root access and you can use the passwd command to change you password. Maybe I'll do a reboot right quick and figure it out.
Old 05-04-2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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Ok... Looks like I learned something today. Reboot ubuntu and then you will get about 3 seconds after the bios screen to hit the ESC key. It will tell you to hit ESC for Grub setup or something. Then pick the kernel selection that has 'recovery' in it. The system will boot up with lots of text. you will get another menu. Pick the one the says something about 'root' login or terminal or something. You will get a prompt. type 'passwd username' without the quotes and replace username with your username. It will then ask you for the new password twice. Type it in press enter. I can't remember what I did next. But that will get you password fixed. I think you select boot up normally or something. Its obvious whatever it was.

Hope that helps.


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