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No password on linux -- need to reformat drive with XP

by fishrod2 / January 31, 2009 3:08 AM PST

My son forgot the password on his laptop (Linux format) so now we want to reformat the computer with XP Home. What steps do I need to follow to make this happen. Lou

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The procedure varies with
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 3:28 AM PST
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How to recover a lost Linux password.
by white-bread / January 31, 2009 3:35 AM PST

It's obvious from the earlier reply that cnet doesn't like linux.
Here is the real solution.
Go to the grub menu at boot.
Choose single mode.
Use CTRL+D when prompted.
Type: passwd root
Change the root password.
Type: passwd <user account name>
Change the user password.
There is n o need to have to reformat the drive.
Also, did you even try to ask this question at the ubuntu forum or look for the answer?
Despite the blurb posted on the part of the forum, cnet should be the very last place you look for linux help. It's one of the worst sources.

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Answers to problem on sons laptop with linux
by fishrod2 / April 5, 2009 2:30 AM PDT

Here are some answers with laptop with forgot password.
First found out the laptop had 2 password with linux lockout.
Second that XP was not loaded on laptop as the operating system.
Needed to figure out the bios and change back to original configuration. Hopefully this will not cost me a bundle so the machine works. PS had tech replace HD with one that had Vista on it and the computer booted up from the HD. So we know it works like a regular computer. Again, thank you for you input on linux.
So to change BIOs how would he do that? Take battery out of computer and would it automatically reset back to original BIOs?
Thanks again. Lou

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I'll be more blunt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 2:39 AM PDT

Until the make and model of the laptop is revealed the BIOS reset can only be guessed. That battery trick only works on some laptops.

As to Linux, which Linux? On some of them I type linux single and I'm in and able to change the root password.

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Here answers for ?s
by fishrod2 / April 5, 2009 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: I'll be more blunt.

It is a Sony Vaio approx 2 yrs old
Has the funny name(ungodo)Africian) on it when booting up.

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That's not good enough.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 3:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Here answers for ?s
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sony fj290 model
by fishrod2 / April 5, 2009 3:27 AM PDT

It is the FJ 290 model that the linux is on. thanks

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If resetting the cmos does not clear it,then we cannot help
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: sony fj290 model

If resetting the cmos does not clear it,then we cannot help only the manufacturer can do a reset as they often use a special dongle or "other" tool that they didn't publish to the world but keep in their service centers.

Laptops are not desktops. Some confuse one with the other and think that what we do on desktops work on laptops.

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