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Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:02 pm
by Lolo Uila
When using a text log-in you will not see anything when you type the password. That's normal. Just type the password and hit enter. It will look like you are not typing anything, but will work.

It's only from the GUI log-in you see the place filler characters.

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:31 pm
by sonicbhoc
Hey, here comes a Linux nerd to the rescue. I'll provide you with a sure-fire step-by-step way of getting your brick operational again.

But, it involves the command line.

Grab your Mint Linux CD and put it in your drive. Boot from it. Log into it.

Now, do you know where you installed Mint? In Konqueror, under Storage Media, you should be able to find it. double-click the drive you installed Mint onto.

Now, press F4.

In the Konsole window that opens up, copy and paste this into it, line by line (in Konsole, Shift+Insert is paste):

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sudo su

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mount -t proc none ./proc

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mount -o bind /dev ./dev

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chroot ./ /bin/bash

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source /etc/profile

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passwd root
Type a root password. You will not see anything on the screen as you type. This is normal, for security reasons.

Now, after that, keep typing exit until the Konsole window closes, and reboot into your installed Mint Linux. DON'T boot off of the CD.

Login as root, and immediately create a new user and log out as fast as possible. You don't want to use root for very long...

After you make your new user, open a Konsole window and type

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sudo passwd -l root
to re-scramble the root password.[/code]