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Old 03-22-2006, 10:21 PM   #1
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newly installed Suse Linux login


I installed Suse Linux 10 on my IBM Aptiva Disk 1 with Windows 98SE. It was supposed to let me set up the root password and user accounts after the installation of 5 disks. It did not do so. When it boots to Linux it brings up a login screen even though no users are set up. Brain dead? At startup I can use the rescue account and log in as root. Can I set up the root password and user accounts from there? Thanks for your help.
 
Old 03-22-2006, 11:47 PM   #2
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I installed Suse Linux 10 on my IBM Aptiva Disk 1 with Windows 98SE. It was supposed to let me set up the root password and user accounts after the installation of 5 disks. It did not do so. When it boots to Linux it brings up a login screen even though no users are set up. Brain dead? At startup I can use the rescue account and log in as root. Can I set up the root password and user accounts from there? Thanks for your help.
If you can actually log in to the installed OS, then it's easy.

passwd root
enter the passwd at the prompt.

From rescue however, you might be actually running something besides the installed system.
I think there is a way to edit files (eg /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow) but i can't find it..
 
Old 03-24-2006, 10:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for your prompt reply. Now I have more problems.
I ran Partiton Magic to see how the partitions were set up after the faulty Linux install described above. It said there was an error and I let P.M. fix it. Now P.M. gives for Disk 1 a big yellow box saying 95 gb BAD. (the legend says yellow means "other") In Windows, My Computer drive C: says C: has 93 gb.
Booting with the Win 98 startup floppy I ran fdisk. It says: Partition 1 non-DOS 714 mb, Partition 2 nonDOS 54,227 mb, and Partiton 3 Active, Pri DOS, 29,858 mb FAT32. It looks like it installed Linux ahead of the Windows partition.
What is even worse, when I started a new install of Linux it did not see the Windows98 partition and offered to use the entire 100 gb Disk 1 for Linux. I did not install. At startup I get a dual boot screen where I can go to Windows.
How can I install Linux without messing up my Windows partition? I could go to fdisk and delete the Linux partition. If Partition Magic could get it right, I could use it to put the windows partition at the beginning of the disk. Then I can do the Linux install all over again possibly getting back to where I am now.
Help would be appreciated.

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