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  1. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on one of my computers running XP and I did select along side when installing. Two problems.

    My password is not accepted. I can boot without a password however.
    I know I am entering the correct password it is only six characters zyxwv4

    Another thing I assumed if I installed Ubuntu along side my XP when booting I would be asked what system to boot to as I have seen with Windows. It seems I have hosed one of my computers since Ubuntu is virtually useless if my password is not accepted and I can't find my XP.

    Update: Now after Googling some more I see that I should have partitioned. I didn't partition anything. I though Ubuntu would be installed right there on C with 150 Gb of unused space along side xp. I have lots

    of grub in my kitchen but now I see something called that is required to get the option to choose which system to boot to. Apparently I have effectively destroyed one of my computers. Probably Blue Cross could not fix this. Oh well I have two more computers. What have I done? Will appreciate any reply.
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Open a Terminal Window in Ubuntu and show us the output of the following command:

    sudo fdisk -l

    Note that the last character is a lower case L. From the output we should be able to determine whether or not you still have an installed XP.

    You haven't destroyed a computer. :) You may have destroyed an operating system and may have to reinstall it. Do you have your XP installation CD?
     
  3. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    That command is not recognized. As to the password being recognized I may have fixed that. I did the following and was told I had changed the password successfully. Now I don't know how to test to see if the new password will be accepted.
    This Umbuntu is a discombulated mess so far to me.

    Edit: Well I did get the output when I entered the command correctly. Now I don't know how to get it to you. I have the screenshot opened on the desktop.I will try to take a pic of it with my webcam.

    Re: Password not accepted

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    During boot, hold shift. That will pull up the GRUB menu. Then select "recovery mode", then select Root shell (or something to that effect). Then type
    Code:
    passwd usernameit will then prompt you for a new password.
    Thanks for any help
     
  4. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Appears xp is lost. I have no disk either.
     

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  5. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    You could of just copied the text in the terminal window and pasted it here as well.
     
  6. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Trying to make this shot readable. Password is fixed now.
     

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  7. TerryNet

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    Correct, you must have accidentally installed Ubuntu in place of XP instead of alongside. If it was a pre-installed XP and you still have the Product Key on a sticker on the PC you could install XP using a borrowed CD--has to be same version (Home or Pro)--and your key. If this is a possibility we can offer suggestions for how to proceed. Otherwise, enjoy Ubuntu. :)
     
  8. Squashman

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    Was just trying to make you understand that you can copy and paste the text from the terminal window in linux just like you can copy and paste text from a cmd prompt in Windows. You really didn't need to take a screen shot.
     
  9. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Thanks man. Wish I had known that before. You wouldn't believe the hoops I had to jump through using two computers to get that info to you guys. That Linux is quite a challange.
     
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