A quick search on the Ubuntu forums found how to reset root password as
1 - Turn your computer on.
2 - Press ESC at the grub prompt.
3 - Press e for edit.
4 - Highlight the line that begins kernel ........., press e
5 - Go to the very end of the line, add rw init=/bin/bash
6 - press enter, then press b to boot your system.
7 - Your system will boot up to a passwordless root shell.
8 - Type in passwd <username>. Set your password.
9 - Type in reboot.
Oh, the joys of *nix!
On Fri, 2006-02-17 at 18:12 +0000, Patrick Stack wrote:
> Hi all,
>> I've been having a hell of a time trying to install FC4 on a Fujitsu AMD
> Athlon. It didn't install properly as it wouldn't read /dev/hda3 (/home)
> saying it couldn't find the LABEL='home' or some such on boot up.
> A look at the partition table showed that there were 13983 unallocated
> In any case, as I was pressed for time, I decided to try Ubuntu instead
> and installed v.5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog?) without a problem. That is until
> I tried suing from the command line - I suddenly realised that the
> install never asked me for an admin password so I have no idea what it
> is. Is this weird of just an Ubuntu thing?
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