how to change ubuntu user id and password ?

January 20, 2013 at 16:12:05
Specs: ubuntu
Since my son passed away 3 years ago, I have not been able to access his computer, because there is no set up disc and I do not know his user name or password. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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January 20, 2013 at 16:58:06

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January 20, 2013 at 17:24:49
Many of the fixes require your old password before you can change it.
This one seems to best suit your particular situation:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 22, 2013 at 19:52:48
Thank you to the two persons who tried to help. I am not a computer friendly user and these possible solutions did not work. However, the 2nd one got close. My son's computer indicated Ubuntu 9.04, but did not respond to any prompts after pushing the enter button for choosing recovery mode. Any other ideas ?

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January 31, 2013 at 00:28:00
Go into Recovery Mode; there is a choice like "system info" or the like -- go there and find out which partition is root (designated by a simple / ); root is usually something along the lines of /dev/sda1 as in the example below

Skip the above if cannot get into recovery mode, and start immediately below:

I use an install disk for a distro like salix or slackel. Boot to it by hitting F12 while the BIOS is starting (just start pounding on the F12 when the screen is black right after starting the computer). Choose to boot to the optical drive the install disk is in and hit <Enter>.

Go through the install asking for keyboard info, time zone, etc. but cancelling when the partition editor comes up. Keep hitting "cancel" until a black prompt appears on the bottom of the screen. The prompt should say something about "root". You are where the fun begins.

At the prompt, enter the command:
mkdir /tmp/mainlinux

mount /dev/sda1 /tmp/mainlinux

chroot /tmp/mainlinux passwd

Enter the new passwd (note the spelling) for root twice.

Reboot with Ctrl-Alt-Del

Login as root with the new password

Hope this works with Jaunty Jackalope (ubuntu 9.04)!!

Best wishes and my condolences.

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