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    Root password issues

    I still depend on Windows as my main OS, but Ubuntu became an important partner with my IDEs. I've recently upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04, running fine until I decided to make a stupid mistake of messing with the Compiz settings and making the GUI disappear. I made some research and I managed to get it working again, but I felt like it was still partially broken, and Unity became slower than before.

    I didn't bother with this anymore, found out the Compiz/GTK/Unity settings are separated for each user, so I logged in as guest, deleted my main account and created a new one.

    There's one problem though. When I created the new administrator account, it didn't ask me for a password, but when I tried to log in, it asks for a password... and now I have no idea on how to set/change the password for this account, since I can only login as guest without superuser/root access...

    I use this PC for development, although I'm a total noob with Linux. I would appreciate if someone knows a way to change the password rather than having to reinstall 12.04 and all my applications again

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by MarkShark; April 14th, 2013 at 01:10 AM.

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    Re: Root password issues

    Hello and welcome - please follow the instructions in the tutorial below

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

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    Re: Root password issues

    Wow, that simple! Thanks a lot for the quick answer, very appreciated!

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    Re: Root password issues

    Have a look here as well: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
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    Re: Root password issues

    I have conscious about the power of the root, but it's always good to learn more about Linux. I've found out I was using "sudo" in wrong situations where I should use "gksudo" instead. That was a very informative article, thank you.

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