Password problem in Linux

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  1. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    I installed PCLos yesterday and set it up with an alph/numeric password as root and was working fine. Today it will not accept the p/w and I know I have it correctly and is not mixed case.

    Is there any way around this apart from reinstalling it?
     
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    Do you have a regular user account to login?
    Then you could try 'sudo su' with the regular user password.
    After that change the root password.

    Otherwise, I would think of a procedure like booting from a live CD and then mount the filesystems on disk. After that try chroot to the mounted system and change the password.

    I haven't tried these procedures, though.
     
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    Thanks for you help.

    We have been having a series of 1 sec power supply breaks today and when I came back to the computer after being out it had rebooted and the password then worked correctly - explain that?? Seems weird.
     
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    Maybe there WAS a typo of some kind, like caps lock. Or something.
     
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    No - I did check that. What I did not that although I set it up as a UK keyboard it was set as US. I changed it back but maybe it only took effect on reboot. But still does not make since it was only standard querty keys that I used.
     
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    Find the differences between UK and US keyboards here.
    Seems to me that the bottom line is different. US doesn't have a key before Z.
     
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    Thanks for posting that.

    The keys I used are common to both keyboards.

    Did not realise that the Alt Gr key would give accented letters - so that is something learned.
     
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