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    Exclamation authentication alert

    ok two problems, they may be related.

    1- first i downloaded a bunch of ubuntu updates
    (via the automatic notifier). Now my operating password does not work.

    i made this discovery when attempting to download a new software package. i was asked for my password, but it didnt work. i tried several times. then tried other packages, then tried to open the synaptic package manager. at all points i was asked to type my password, the computer failed to recognize it.
    'Your authentication attempt was unsuccessful'.

    ok, i know my password. ive used it for years. it was authenticating fine before the updates occurred.

    2- evertime i turn on my computer/login i am given this message from ubuntu.

    'Enter password to unlock your login keyring

    The login keyring did not get unlocked when you logged into your computer'

    to which i type my password. it happens about 30 30 seconds after ubuntu has finished start up, and im free to do what i like. its been happening for a few days.

    are the two related? etherway they are both very serious issues.

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    Re: authentication alert

    Problem 2 occurs usually when people have their system set up to log in automatically OR when the login/user account password is different than the keyring password. This can happen when people change their passwords using the "passwd" command because the keyring will still be using the old password.

    The first problem I'm not so sure about, unless the user account password was somehow changed (which usually wouldn't happen without you knowing) or you are logged in with an account that is not privileged.

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    Re: authentication alert

    ok thanks OpSecShellshock your answer to the second prob sounds like it could be right. i do auto log in. ill look into it.

    but what about the first prob. its a pretty serious matter. is their a official ubuntu support?

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    Re: authentication alert

    If the password was somehow changed or you don't know it, then you could reset the password in Ubuntu:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

    That should fix the problem.

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    Exclamation Re: authentication alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. Daisy View Post
    If the password was somehow changed or you don't know it, then you could reset the password in Ubuntu:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

    That should fix the problem.
    tthanks for the suggestion ms. Daisy

    i tried your idea and everything went fine up to a point.
    - i entered the knew password
    - then re-entered it
    - at this point the process failed, i received the message.

    passwd: authentication token manipulation error

    ???

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    Re: authentication alert

    did you remember to include this step?
    In recent versions of Ubuntu, the filesystem is mounted as read-only, so you need to enter the follow command to get it to remount as read-write, which will allow you to make changes:

    Code:
    mount -o rw,remount /
    If that's not it, there are a few more suggestions here:

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/91188...pulation-error

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