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Hi, I usually use Windows XP Pro but decided to try Linux. So far, things have being going terribly terribly wrong. Installed Suse 10.0 no problem, was trying it out ...
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    Grub error 17 + more...


    Hi, I usually use Windows XP Pro but decided to try Linux. So far, things have being going terribly terribly wrong.
    Installed Suse 10.0 no problem, was trying it out and at some point the keyborad stopped working.
    I decided to reboot but an error messgage comes up something like 'Grub Error 17'. I've looked around and see that it means that the drive is partitioned but can't mount it or something.
    I booted with CD1 and went into 'rescue system' but it looks for login and password. I think it's looking for the root login and I can't remember what I used. Tried every combination of what I would've used but can't get it to work.
    And then my keyboard hangs. Nothing comes up on screen and caps-lock or num-lock doesn't light up on the keyboard either.
    I've looked at other posts about this problem but I can't figure out what to do. I've never used Suse before so I can't follow the instructions.
    If you can help please give step-by-step instructions as I've only used Suse about 2 hrs!

    About the root login, would reinstalling Suse give me a chance for a new root login?

    Thanks!

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    Try re-installing.

    Without a root password you are screwed

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    Hi, I reinstalled Linux using LILO instead of grub (as advised on another thread) and it works grand. Keyboard seems to be working too (for the moment!)

    Thanks!

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    There are ways to reset your root password, so I wouldn't say you are screwed, but it seems like you are at a very early stage and that reinstalling wouldn't set you back too much. I'd recommend just reinstalling and making sure you remember your root password this time!!
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    Posted that at exactly the same time as me
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    I love it when that happens, also could you point me to something that will help recover root passwords for future use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinebacon


    I love it when that happens, also could you point me to something that will help recover root passwords for future use...
    Recovering a root password is actually quite easy. Boot the machine with a liveCD, chroot into the linux installation you are interested in, and use passwd to do the dirty deed.

    This is why all the fancy security in the world cannot protect you in the case of physical access to your machine.
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    Ah great, never thought about it that way...

    Could you class lasers as security...?

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