Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 8 of 8
I bought an Acer netbook from the classifieds that originally had Windows XP but since has been reformatted with Linux. I don't have a username or password, nor do I ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    3

    Exclamation How to get in?


    I bought an Acer netbook from the classifieds that originally had Windows XP but since has been reformatted with Linux. I don't have a username or password, nor do I have a disk drive to get things going. Is it possible to reset everything for a fresh start???

  2. #2
    Linux Guru Lazydog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    The Keystone State
    Posts
    2,677
    I wopuld suggest going back to the seller and ask them what the root password is so that you have access and can configure it.
    What version of linux is installed? That would help us help you too.

    Regards
    Robert

    Linux
    The adventure of a life time.

    Linux User #296285
    Get Counted

  3. #3
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    3
    I received the root password and Ubuntu I guess is the name you're looking for. Sorry for the ignorance, it's been Windows since 1996 for me

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Guru Lazydog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    The Keystone State
    Posts
    2,677
    Have you tried to start the system, since you received it and did it ask you to create a user account?

    Regards
    Robert

    Linux
    The adventure of a life time.

    Linux User #296285
    Get Counted

  6. #5
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Tucson AZ
    Posts
    3,190
    Did the person you purchased the Acer from format the drive and install Ubuntu? Or did you? It seems from your post that you did not do the install. If you have Ubuntu, are you able to boot the machine as asked above and if so, what exactly happens?

  7. #6
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    3
    The person before me installed the Ubuntu. I was able to get in initially, but after deleting a user name to "make it my own", I thought there would be a guest login (similar to that of windows). I was wrong. It doesn't recognize the user name or password anymore and I'm out of options. When I power the machine on, it boots as normal and i get to a "username" and "password" screen. Like I said, it no longer recognizes it and I cannot progress any further.

  8. #7
    Linux Newbie mactruck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    City of Salt
    Posts
    187
    did he give you the user name "root" or was it something else?

  9. #8
    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    Posts
    3,651
    "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
    It'll happen to you too."

    Grandpa Simpson



    The Fifth Continent

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •