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    I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    Anyone please tell me there is an easy way to recover without reloading, my root password.

    Thanks
    Ras

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    Can't you bring it up in single user mode like UNIX. Then change it?

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    how about.... a rootdisk?

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    hello ras,
    bring it up in runlevel one - check out the bottom opf the GRUB pet on how to do this, and boot like garskoci said.

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    I reloaded and followed the pet to dual boot to XP.

    I did the dd if=/dev/hda5 of=mnt/floppy/bootsect.lin bs=1 count=512

    Edited the boot.ini and added the line

    The boot menu showed up and linux was a choice. I selected it and it just sat there with a black screen and a cursor at the top.

    First guess is my /dev/hda5 is not the right one any other suggestions?


    Ras

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    Start to re-install from the cd. Go to the where it re-writes grup or lilo and try that. If not, boot off of the cd again and go to rescue mode. Once you are in there, find the mkbootdsk command (I think its in /etc) and create you a bootdisk.

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    load linux using (grub or lilo)

    linux single (Linux here is your kernel name, vmlinuz seems popular with vendors for some reason)

    to get into Linux single user mode, and then you can change your password or remove it completely.

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    [quote author=gorn link=board=1;threadid=6799;start=0#63831 date=1050367685]
    http://www.linuxjunior.org/cgi-bin/p...play&id=13
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    Tsk tsk...shameless self-promotion...

    J/K

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    Re:I hate being old. I lost my root password on the laptop

    [quote author=trickster link=board=1;threadid=6799;start=0#63832 date=1050368922]
    Tsk tsk...shameless self-promotion...
    [/quote]

    Tsk tsk... shameless

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