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Old 09-23-2003, 06:43 PM   #1
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im in trouble


im a newbie to linux and i have redhat linux 8.0 on my computer. i have a GRUB dual boot . today when i was booting u plinux it asked me to delete the modules.conf file from .etc/ and after i did that and rebooted to get into my login nothing was the same. like it changed my default name to localhost instead of root i guess. and then when i login into the kde or gnome no icons are there. no shortcuts. no internet connection. i dunno what happened. i was wondering if there was like a system restore available or i have to reformat the whole partition and install linux again. im new so if u could like give me the step by step instruction for getting out of this trouble it would be really helpful

thanx
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:51 PM   #2
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I would just try a reinstall before formatting.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:52 PM   #3
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Your modules.conf file will tell your system usually what modules to load, example ethernet cards usually will use modules to get you online, to get the card recognized and working.

If you removed it, there's a chance that its gone for good.
From what your describing though, sounds to me like it deleted more than just that file.
If you didn't have too much to lose, this is the times you might want to consider reinstalling. But first, check your logs for any suspicious activity. Does anyone else have access to this machine? How was it connected to the internet? More details?

And in the future, your machine should never ask you to delete files at boot up in such ways. If you don't know what the file does, don't say yes next time and always make backups of your system. Good backups with Linux are your /home and /etc directories. /etc holds all configurations files, /home holds all your user preferences, files and such for each user.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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I would just try a reinstall before formatting.
Read my first reply before telling someone to just reinstall, without any explanations please. Thanks.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:56 PM   #5
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Ok, Does reinstalling in linux screw things up?
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:59 PM   #6
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Ok, Does reinstalling in linux screw things up?
No but we should give any member asking for solutions on why whatever happened occured, etc. This isn't the Windows world, at times in Linux, a reinstall is always a last option and or avoidable.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 07:08 PM   #7
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this isn`t the windows world

LOL
I gotcha. I like solutions with explanations also
 
Old 09-23-2003, 11:11 PM   #8
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Please help me.
I am using RH 9. Just installed last 3 days, when come to login interface I use the same username and password as I created during installation, it's OK. But now it display the message "User account has expired!". Then I try the admin login, message "Authentication failed". ???
 
Old 09-23-2003, 11:19 PM   #9
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Tulip.. you should make a new post at the main Linux-software forum that way more people can assist you with your problem.

Your user account has expired, you need to login as root and uncheck the box next to user account expires in the user account properties.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 11:43 PM   #10
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Thank you.
 
  


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