Trying to access smbpasswd file to debug networking, I need root to be able to edit that file.

But my system doesn't seem to give me the option of booting up in root. How do I make it do this ??

BTw, sometimes recently it's been asking for the root password before it will boot up normally, which seems strange.

System is Suse 10.2, latest updates present.

I need to sort this before I can move on to get the network working again.