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Old 01-08-2004, 10:58 PM   #1
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Desperate Keyboard Problems!!

A buddy of mine figured it would be funny to play a practical joke on me.He happened to know my root password and he changed my keyboard settings to Chinese or something.That was funny but he told me about it and when I went to change it back,it asked for my root password and everytime I enter it says its incorrect.I have already tried to copy and paste it.I restarted my computer and now I cannot even login.I would greatly appriciate some help.And if it matters I have a copy of Knoppix 3.3.
Old 01-09-2004, 01:12 AM   #2
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if your knoppix disk is bootable or if you have a bootable rescue copy of linux, boot it up, mount your linux partition, chroot to it, and remap your keyboard settings..

right i forgot, kick him in the ribs and change your root password after you fix it.....

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Old 01-09-2004, 04:28 AM   #3
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If you have an insecure bootloader (ie one where it doesn't ask you for a password before you boot anything) - and I am going to presume you're running LILO - then you can do this:

When you get to the bootloader, press the <Esc> key. This should drop you out of any graphical bootloader and down to a text bootloader prompt. Type in the linux entry (usually linux) followed by a 1... so you would type (sorry for the obviousness): linux 1. This will take you to runlevel 1. The default user of RL1 is root, but you don't need to login. So, type password thisismynewpassword (obviously use your imagination and have a sensible password for root) and then type init 5 This should boot the rest of your system so you are presented with a GUI login. Test out your new root password. If all is OK then carry on as normal and give your "friend" a *cough* telling off *cough*


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