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Postby ksteezy on Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:53 am

Ok, i was running XP on my dell inspiron laptop and recently put in a live CD of Linux Mint and tried to install as a partition. Linux wont let me log in and now I cant figure out how to get back to XP until i solve my Linux problem, because right now i cant acess my computer at all. Whatever suggestions or advice can be given will be much appreciated. Thanks
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Postby newW2 on Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:12 am

ksteezy: please provide some more information. What do you mean by: "can't access my computer at all"? Blank screen, no cursor, nothing?
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Postby ksteezy on Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:00 pm

its not that, its just, when i boot my computer and it goes to the linux mint login, i cant get in to it, and i cant or cant figure out how to get back on windows xp. So i just cant get into XP or Mint.
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Postby Lolo Uila on Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:58 pm

If you hit escape at the grub prompt (the short count down at the start of the boot) you should get a menu that will let you boot back into Windows.

As for your Linux problem, why can't you get into Linux, specifically?
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Postby newW2 on Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:14 am

Yes I was just trying to imagine what "can't get into it", looked like? :? :) :) :)

Lolo Uila: how's the weather there right now?
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Postby Lolo Uila on Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:36 am

ksteezy,

Linux log-ins are case sensitive. Make sure you are using the proper case when logging in. Usernames are all lower-case, and passwords can be anything.


newW2,

The weather has been very sunny and hot lately. I rained today, though, which was kind of nice. Rainy season doesn't really start for another month or 2 (late october).


Aloha, Tim
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Postby ksteezy on Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:25 pm

I hit the escape key and XP isnt an option, its just Linux. For the login, its just the regular log in, apparently I must have typed in a different login or pressed a wrong key,I must have made a mistake on that part. Is there any login thats generic so I can atleast acess Linux?
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Postby newW2 on Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:50 pm

Take a look at NiksaVel's post here. I think you may be onto something with the login info being different than what you thought it should be ... one key away or case difference.
http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopi ... ecd&t=1555
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Postby ksteezy on Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:07 pm

I read through that, and as "noob" as this sounds, I still dont really understand what exactly I should do. I tried Ctrl Alt F1, and that just brought up errors. I dont want to seem stupid here, but I'm pretty confused.
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Postby newW2 on Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:20 pm

So you are at the login splash that is asking for your login information and you press Ctrl+Alt+F1 at the same time and you don't see a text based screen with the last two line of a text indicating a username (I'll assume it is ksteezy for you) - looks like this:

Linux Mint Cassandra ksteezy-desktop tty

ksteezy-desktop login:
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Postby ksteezy on Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:06 pm

Yes, ( for me its Linux Mint Cassandra kyle-laptop tty), but then ill type in my user name, and then it wont let me type in my password.
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Postby newW2 on Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:30 pm

so in tty you can type in your user name and then enter and you get the prompt for password, but you can't type anything in for password (all you will see are asterisks)? Or you can enter the password and then enter but .... ? then what?
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Postby ksteezy on Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:06 pm

It will set up for my user name, ill type that in and hit enter, then the password thing will show up, and its just blank and nothing I type shows up.

And by the way, I really appreciate the help, so thanks for trying to help me with this.
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Postby Sorensei on Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:07 am

Hi, have you tried typing the password anyway and hitting enter? I think that the asterisks not showing is normal - I don't remember them showing when I login...
I don't have a solution, but I do admire the problem.
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:13 am

newW2 wrote:(all you will see are asterisks)?
Nope, he won't. :roll:
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:15 am

ksteezy wrote:then the password thing will show up, and its just blank and nothing I type shows up.
Of course not. Passwords are never echoed back. Never. Ever. Just type your password and hit the Enter key. :lol:
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Postby Sorensei on Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:15 am

:wink:
Ha ha! I'm not a total amnesiac then.
I don't have a solution, but I do admire the problem.
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:19 am

Sorensei wrote: I'm not a total amnesiac then.
Nope, absolutely not. Your previous statement that it is normal for the console password dialogue to remain completely black when something is typed is absolutely correct.
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Postby newW2 on Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:15 am

Thanks for the correction Scorp and Sorensei. I don't know where I got the asterisks :oops: :oops: :oops: I must have been thinking of something else.

Ksteezy: I looked back at what the initial post was, and I have to wonder. What is happening at the normal mint login when you boot? You type in the user name and hit enter .... and then .... ?
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Postby ksteezy on Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:32 pm

blah I dunno, everything is all confusing now. I'm just going to try and get somebody to come look at it and try and get it going. But thanks for all the advice guys.
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