I'm completely new to Linux in general, so I apologize for my lack of details.

I was trying to get my fingerprint reader to work in Ubuntu 8.10. I had the fprint gui up and was trying to enroll fingerprints but it said it couldn't detect any devices. Unfortunately, I stopped and shut down before I managed to get any prints enrolled. Now I can't login at all.

Again, I'm new to all this. I've only tried a few things that I've seen online that were stepped out completely for me. I tried to use the text-only root to change my password, but that didn't work.

My hardware is a Dell Studio 1535.

I would appreciate any help or just a step in the right direction.

Thank you.