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Old 12-31-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake 10.1 PPC Password failure

I'm about to take a tour to Freakout City.

I have had Mandrake 9.1 on my imac g3 computer for a year or so now, and decided to upgrade to 10.1. Everything seemed fine, though I did have difficulty with the bootstrap instillation.

Once I got that solved, and I dealt with some initial kernal problems, the welcome screen actually came up! I rejoiced. But when I put it my password, IT DIDN'T WORK!!

Now, I noticed on the bootup, that the "standard us keyboard" (I think it's called) test ["FAILED"]. My question:
1) Did Mandrake arbitrarily change my password upon upgrade?
2) Is my keyboard maybe in a nonstandard format because of the test fail (for example, when I type 'qwerty', I'm actually typing something like 'asdfgh')?
3) Is the problem something else entirley?
4) Should I just cut my losses and reinstall Mandrake 9.1?

Any help at all would be MOST appreciated.

I love all you Linux people.
Old 01-01-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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it is something bad with keyboard type is MDK.
You can try type password changing any letter to letter above it :
password -> 0qww294e
But i'm not sure it will work.

if not you can boot any cd-linux (knoppix). if it see the keyboard correctly, you will have to mount partition with your MDK, then edit /etc/passwd file:
you will probably in the first line see :


change it to :


you will empty root password.
So you will be able to login.
I don't know what to do with keyboard
Old 01-02-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, but I ended up downloading and installing Ubuntu for PPC, which is EXCELLENT> All hardware works and no problems.
Thanks again!


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