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    That is the right password!

    I seem to have a slight problem on my laptop. I today tried to log in as root to do some bits and bobs only to be told that my password was wrong... I thought I must have typed it incorrectly but it seems that I did not :?

    I know what the password should be... it has worked flawlessly until today!

    I have tried to receover the password in single user mode but seems not to have had any effect!!!!

    I really need some help with this... all ideas welcomed!

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    Re: That is the right password!

    I guess this is Linux, if you're referring to user "root".

    If not, any damn admin user can reset a password in windows.


    Usually when I screw up the password, which occurs more often than it should, I boot the machine onto a install / rescue CD. hunt around until I find the passwd file.

    It's always in a different place when I come to find it, but if you check the distro help, they'll tell you where it should be.

    copy it.

    Then edit it, and change the password field to blank.

    Guess what this does ?

    Reboot, and then change the password.


    ..and people say that Windows is more secure than Linux.. pft

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    Re: That is the right password!

    You not got num lock on?

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    Re: That is the right password!

    Just a thought...


    Laptop => Number lock on?

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    Re: That is the right password!

    Num lock is NOT on... otherwise half the letters in this post would be numbers.

    I forgot to mention that my laptop has decided not to boot into Knoppix too.

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    Re: That is the right password!

    I really should pay more attention to which section people put these topics under.


    The file you need to change is /etc/passwd

    see here: http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/UserInfo/Re...les/passwd.htm


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    Re: That is the right password!

    no, it'll be /etc/shadow but the format is the same.

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    Re: That is the right password!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    Num lock is NOT on... otherwise half the letters in this post would be numbers.

    I forgot to mention that my laptop has decided not to boot into Knoppix too.
    Aye but was it on when you set the password?

    "It's not daft if it works"

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    Re: That is the right password!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    Num lock is NOT on... otherwise half the letters in this post would be numbers.

    I forgot to mention that my laptop has decided not to boot into Knoppix too.
    Aye but was it on when you set the password?

    "It's not daft if it works"
    Nope... however, I have done it again and this time the password took

    Still some niggles but I'll get there I'm sure

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    Re: That is the right password!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric
    Nope... however, I have done it again and this time the password took

    Still some niggles but I'll get there I'm sure
    Hmm... user error? :twisted:

    Glad you got it sorted...

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