[SATLUG] Root Password - Help Please!!!!

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 10:24:24 CDT 2010

Sounds like I have to do a complete reinstall then since it is not
recognizing the user password and the root password as the same.

I never entered a root password on the original install only a user

Thank You!

On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Borries Demeler <
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:

> >
> > Hi All!
> >
> > Resetting up mom's computer with my helper.  Using Ubuntu 10.04.  Trying
> to
> > install Lexmark printer drivers but asking for root password.  I have no
> > idea what that is or if it is something I may have checked some where
> that
> > we shouldn't have checked.
> >
> > Is there some place that I need to uncheck "use root password" or how can
> I
> > find out what the root password is so my helper can install these
> drivers.
> >
> > Thank you very much in advance!
> > Cheryl
> >
> Cheryl,
> the root password would have been set at the time of installation of your
> mother's system. Whoever installed it, must have set this password. If you
> cannot remember it (you could try logging in as "root" and providing
> different
> passwords until it works), then you could still boot the system from a
> rescue
> CDROM or flash drive, mount the root partition and edit /etc/passwd to
> delete
> the current password entry. Then you could reboot the system, log in as
> root, and set
> a new password.
> Try the guessing part first if you have a good idea of what it could be,
> otherwise, people here on this list will assist you with more detailed
> instructions on how to get in with a rescue disk. Check with whoever
> installed
> the system, also try an empty password, in case you didn't set one
> (unlikely).
> -Borries
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