Welcome screen won't accept password

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wolf_moses
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Welcome screen won't accept password

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The welcome screen after bootup on Mint1 (Linux 17.1) won't accept my user name or password. I've tried several combinations. As far as I know I haven't changed either; I don't know how. I can't get into the computer. Please help.
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Re: Welcome screen won't accept password

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You can try this:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/5

That should do the job. :)
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Re: Welcome screen won't accept password

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The Linux password system does not change itself, you need to be superuser, so whatever password you had is still there, it's just not going in properly.

Test your knowledge. Attempt a console login with the Ctrl+Alt+F4 keypress and prove your user name and password. Switch back to a graphic login with the Ctrl+Alt+F8 keypress.

The greeter screen can be confusing, leading you to input your password as a user name, or your user name as a password. Read the prompt and input what it is asking for.

Hit CapsLock a few times until the light is on, then once more to switch it off. It is possible the BIOS and Linux disagree over the keyboard state.

In general, stick to ASCII letters and numbers in your password, some symbols like @ and " or £ and # move around on the keyboard. You type @ but Linux sees " for example.

Changing your password behind-the-scenes using this method https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/5 can lead to more problems if your home folder is encrypted.
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Re: Welcome screen won't accept password

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Mute Ant wrote:Changing your password behind-the-scenes using this method https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/5 can lead to more problems if your home folder is encrypted.
That's true. Thanks for this addition. :)
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Re: Welcome screen won't accept password

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I eventually got there using the first tip.

Thank you.
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