Can't type in password

December 19, 2004 at 09:23:44
Specs: Novell linux desktop, 2200+ 512MB

Whenever i try to type in my password when signing into my user account, i can't type anything. I can type in my user name, but when i go to the box that i type in my password nothing appears, and i can't get my password to work. Please help. Josh Smith

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December 19, 2004 at 23:16:49

If I understand what you asking:

The shell (command prompt) or X window login (GUI) screen do not echo your password (you do not see it being typed).
You type in your username and you see it. You type in your password and you do not see it. Passwords are extremely case sensitive and the [Backspace], [Delete], etc. keys do not work "normally" when typing in the password.
I assume that you made a typo and thus could not login. Reboot and try again but look at the keyboard as you type.


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January 3, 2005 at 04:03:29

If your system is not accepting any password then check if you are giving the right password or not by the following method.

When the loginn screen appears press

Type username.

Type password. (Don't panic if nothing appears on screen)

Does it log you in?

If no then you have forgot your password and ask your system administrator to change your password.

If yes then type

Press Alt+Ctrl+F7

Try the same username and password you just applied.

Does it work?

If no then try reinstalling Linux.

Best of luck.

Santanu Sen
National Institute of Technology

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