forgotten password

Discussion in 'Acer Aspire One' started by shepwildcat, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. shepwildcat


    Oct 25, 2009
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    not sure if i ever set one but if i did cant remember it.

    have tried to set new password without reinstalling using ideas gained thro here but with no success
    below is a summary of what happened

    right clicked into system , then terminal, typed su (tried sudo-su - didnt work)

    see below for summary

    [user@localhost ~]$ su (typed in su. Tried sudo-su previously – didnt work)

    Password: (typed in passwd)

    su: incorrect password (this error message appeared)

    [user@localhost ~]$ passwd (typed in passwd again )

    Changing password for user user.

    Changing password for user.

    (current) UNIX password: typed in new passwd – welshman6)

    passwd: Authentication token manipulation error (this error message appeared)

    [user@localhost ~]$ welshman6 typed in new passwd again– welshman6)

    bash: welshman6: command not found (this error message appeared)

    [user@localhost ~]$

    i have tried this procedure several times without success

    also i am going through this because i want to upgrade to firefox 3, latest version of open office and realplayer.

    is it straight forward to do this . i am a complete novice at linux and would appreciate a step by step guide oor pointing to the relevant posts

    thanks in anticipation
    shepwildcat, Oct 28, 2009
  2. shepwildcat

    Grim Squeaker

    Aug 19, 2008
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    Does "sudo su" (no -) work ?
    Grim Squeaker, Nov 4, 2009
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