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Linux Mandrake log me out

by Gakada / February 8, 2004 1:15 AM PST

I'm new to linux world, in the course of learning, I install linux mandrake, when the pc start, it go to a login console .. (where I supposed to type a name and a password to login)

At first I can login using a root + my password (created by me)

But after several shutdown and restart (didn't change any setting etc.)... suddenly I can not login using root + my password... with a message Incorrect Login.

I also unable to go to the webmin (http://ip address:10000) I get a message of 'incorrect login' (although I entered the username and password correctly)

What can I do to get login again or how to reset the username/password..?

Thank you for any help

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Re:Linux Mandrake log me out
by David Utidjian / February 8, 2004 7:06 AM PST

Boot to single user mode. When the system boots up and you get a "boot:" prompt (or whatever the version of MDK is using these days) type in:

linux single

or just


Once your system boots up you will have a very plain console, usually with a prompt that ends with a "#" sign. At that prompt type the word:


and set your password (you will have to type it twice). Then reboot the machine with the command:


Once it boots up you should be able to log in as root the usual way.

Now... this IS the most importatnt step... create a regular user account and then log out as root and log back in as that user. Try not to ever log in directly as root except for emergencies.


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Re:Re:Linux Mandrake log me out
by Gakada / February 8, 2004 12:14 PM PST

Thank you for the information, I'll try it this afternoon, and I'll let you know any progress I make.

Although I might need information on How do I 'boot to single user'

When I turn on the PC.. it go directly to a login console

Should I type linux single there? Meanwhile I will try that...

I'm sorry that I didn't tell you the Mandrake version I have .. because I'm out of town and forgot the version number... let you know that too, later on.

Thank you.

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Re:Re:Re:Linux Mandrake log me out
by chuckieu / February 8, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Although I use Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core, I suspect all Linux distros are the same in this.
When you first install Linux, you set up a Root user password. Speaking for myself, some (most) newbies use this as user account. NOT a good thing to login as root
on a normal basis. After installation, one of the first screens you are shown is one to set up a User account(you
can add others later if necessary). Red Hat looks something like this.
Full name..............
Confirm Password..............
This is the what you login as on an everyday basis. If
you do anything requiring Root, a popup asks for the password. Some distros have a setting in the menu that lets you set auto login if you are the only user.
Hopes this helps. chuck

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Still logged out, now how to access the HD to copy the files..
by Gakada / February 17, 2004 12:18 PM PST

Ok, I have tried to login as single user or here what I have done:

The mandrake use a GUI interface...
When the pc start, I get a choices, one of them and the only one get to a prompt windows is 'Linux FailSafe'

On the Prompt (Dos like screen?) windows, it requesting me to type a user name .. (i fill that) then typing 'passwd' then type the password twice.

I have successfully login using those name and password... ON that prompt windows.. but I can't do nothing to continue.

When I restart the PC, it go to the login console, again I type the name and password ... and get 'incorrect login'

My next question is How can I access the HD to retrieve the file inside it? .. (I'm planning to reformat the HD)

Thank You

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Re:Still logged out, now how to access the HD to copy the files..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2004 11:11 PM PST
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Thank you for the info, but , I have a couple more questions..
by Gakada / February 21, 2004 3:43 PM PST

after 4x24hrs of downloading the Knoppix 3.3 ISO (699mb), I'm ready to create the CD, but,

How do I make a bootable CD?
Where can I get the K3B?

Thank you again

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Re:Thank you for the info, but , I have a couple more questions..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2004 8:46 PM PST
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[NT] Thank You..
by Gakada / February 22, 2004 1:44 AM PST


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