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    How can I recover from a lost ID and password for Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Forum!

    I am a new LINUX user, having inherited a PC with some data and work on it I need from a guy who left a project two years ago and can’t be located.

    So my questions are essentially (1) can I recover access from this, or (2) can I download the most recent version of Ubuntu and lay it on top of what I have and still preserve the data and user developed software that is on there, or (3) both, my choice?

    I have five screen shots that show as far as I have been able to go ….

    (1) The first; of the Ubuntu sign-on screen. The version is 9.04.

    (2) The second; shows me selecting the recovery mode, after hitting ESC during boot-up

    (3) The third; shows me getting to the Recovery Menu.

    (4) The fourth; shows what happens if I select the “Update grub boot loader” from the menu. It whizzes by much too fast and goes straight back to the Recover Menu. No chance to work with a prompt. I had to freeze the scrolling to take this screen shot.

    (5) The fifth; shows what happens if I select “Drop to root shell prompt”. I don’t get to a prompt, but get stuck in a control/D loop.

    [If you acutally need to see the screen shots to be helpful, how do I post them or get them to you?]

    Thanks much.

    Yours,
    Joe

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    Re: How can I recover from a lost ID and password for Ubuntu 9.04

    hi joe
    If you forgot you password for your ubuntu system you can recover using the following steps
    Turn your computer on.

    Press ESC at the grub prompt.

    Press e for edit.

    Highlight the line that begins kernel ………, press e

    Go to the very end of the line, add rw init=/bin/bash

    press enter, then press b to boot your system.

    Your system will boot up to a passwordless root shell.

    Type in passwd username

    Set your password.

    Type in reboot
    source http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-rec...er-ubuntu.html
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    Re: How can I recover from a lost ID and password for Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Joe!
    Thanks for your quick reply last night. I was also missing my user IDs, so I needed to use "ls /home" to find out what they were - and reset all of them. So your feedback, in conjunction with what I found at http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword did the trick. Thanks again.
    Yours,
    Joe

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