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Old 08-07-2005, 01:14 AM   #16
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The alt+number pad thing is for windows only. in windows what that actually does is just prints out other ASCII characters that aren't on a standard keyboard. When you typed you're password, what probably happened is it stored it as a normal password that doesnt use those special characters (but when you typed the alt number it stored some giberish). By doing the exact same thing that you did when you typed it the first time it should let you log in. You might want to check wheather number lock is turned on or off. (in linux it defaults to off) try it both ways to be sure.

If you haven't actually made a user account yet, then just make one with out the ASCII characters for now, I'm not sure how to get those to work under linux.
Old 08-07-2005, 03:47 AM   #17
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Why not use Linux? It is free (price AND freedom). If you have some disk space, what do you have to lose?
Old 08-08-2005, 02:15 AM   #18
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I would say use GNU/Linux if you want to spend all your time playing with your operating system and posting to forums...hehe just kidding.
Once you get everything situated and running the way you want, its easier to get work done. It stays out of your way and you feel like your actually running the applications instead of a brand-name appliance.
Old 08-10-2005, 05:17 AM   #19
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Ok, I managed to log into Linux Debian. Now all I see is a command prompt, where is the desktop? I'm so confused now.
Old 08-10-2005, 07:10 AM   #20
bruno buys
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If you installed a minimal system (which apparently you did) now you have to install more programs. Try this:

- Log in as root in that prompt.
- Try to start the graph environment. Issue


- If it gives you a "Command not found", you have to install it:

apt-get update

(GRAPHICAL ENVIRONMENT can be translated as kde, gnome, fluxbox, lightbox, window maker and several others. If you wanna keep it easy, Iīd suggest either kde or gnome).

Also, you might want to install a graphical session manager, that can be kdm, gdm or xdm.

apt-get install kdm # for example

It will list several packages that you need to install in order to run the graphical environment. Accpet the selection, go ahead.
If you succeed, after all you can login as a regular user already in the graphical environment.

Two other commands that can be of immense help are

apt-cache search package

this searches any package name in the dpkg database.

apt-cache show package

will give you detailed info about the package.

good luck! Donīt hesitate to ask further.

Last edited by bruno buys; 08-10-2005 at 07:12 AM.


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