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Well I decided to try out linux for myself and only run into a lot of problems and discouragement from using it. I downloaded and installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my old lappy that runs on U 1400 Intel cpu smile.gif
Now I wanted to install Samba so i can pass my books and music to lappy directly. Did not work but i can figure it out later.

First of all the sound does not work, there is not sound so i google the problem went to terminal and when i run sudo command it asks me for password so i type in my pass and well i cant nothing happens when i type it in (as if im not typing atall). then i got to user accounts unlock it and remove the password try terminal again and still same thing. I go back to user accounts , but now i cant unlock it. It still asks me for password even though i removed it. so basically im locked out of the new system and I need my laptop for tomorrows classes >_>
Any Linux gurus have any idea what I screwed up?
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you will need to boot into recover mode, and set another password for your user. (or boot into a livecd and chroot your installation and then change the password.)

 

but recovery mode is the easiest, at the root prompt enter in these 2 follow commands:

 

su <username>

passwd

 

it will ask you for the current, if none is set, just hit enter, then it will prompt you to type in the new password and then confirm it.

 

but just to let you know, when you type your password in the terminal, nothing will show up, not even ***** or anything like that, it will look like you aren't typing at all.

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you will need to boot into recover mode, and set another password for your user. (or boot into a livecd and chroot your installation and then change the password.)

but recovery mode is the easiest, at the root prompt enter in these 2 follow commands:

su
passwd

it will ask you for the current, if none is set, just hit enter, then it will prompt you to type in the new password and then confirm it.

but just to let you know, when you type your password in the terminal, nothing will show up, not even ***** or anything like that, it will look like you aren't typing at all.

Yeah that did not work , so i tried to do passwd in the ubuntu terminal and well it worked there like a charm smile.gif Thank you very much smile.gif
Now i need to figure out how to fix my sound drivers. >_> I go to sounds and hardware and there is none, and the for output there is only dummy output
Edited by StormXLR - 2/22/12 at 4:25am
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"Hardware Drivers" in Ubuntu only show the closed-source stuff - most drivers are in the kernel so you won't see them there. You can see all the modules by running "lsmod" at the terminal though (it won't mean much to you, but might help if you post it up here).

For some reason, some distros ship with the sound muted by default - check this out first.

Also, how come you're using an old version of Ubuntu? If your laptop is that crappy, you should look at Xubuntu as you'll find it runs a little bit better (not too much though, all the *buntus are bloated lol)
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Open the terminal and type;

lspci

then copy and paste the results here.
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Originally Posted by chemicalfan View Post

"Hardware Drivers" in Ubuntu only show the closed-source stuff - most drivers are in the kernel so you won't see them there. You can see all the modules by running "lsmod" at the terminal though (it won't mean much to you, but might help if you post it up here).
For some reason, some distros ship with the sound muted by default - check this out first.
Also, how come you're using an old version of Ubuntu? If your laptop is that crappy, you should look at Xubuntu as you'll find it runs a little bit better (not too much though, all the *buntus are bloated lol)
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Open the terminal and type;
lspci
then copy and paste the results here.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
06:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
06:04.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
06:04.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
06:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VM Network Connection (rev 02)
K here is everything that came out after i did lspci

and this one is for lsmod Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
stormxlr@Stormy:~$ lsmod
Module Size Used by
nls_iso8859_1 12617 0
nls_cp437 12751 0
vfat 17308 0
fat 55577 1 vfat
keucr 79990 0
usb_storage 44173 0
uas 17699 0
parport_pc 32114 0
ppdev 12849 0
bnep 17923 2
rfcomm 38408 8
i915 509519 5
arc4 12473 2
iwl3945 73360 0
iwl_legacy 71499 1 iwl3945
mac80211 393421 2 iwl3945,iwl_legacy
pcmcia 39822 0
drm_kms_helper 32889 1 i915
joydev 17393 0
drm 192194 6 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
btusb 18160 2
bluetooth 148839 23 bnep,rfcomm,btusb
tifm_7xx1 12937 0
tifm_core 15040 1 tifm_7xx1
psmouse 73673 0
serio_raw 12990 0
yenta_socket 27428 0
pcmcia_rsrc 18367 1 yenta_socket
binfmt_misc 17292 1
pcmcia_core 21511 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
cfg80211 172427 3 iwl3945,iwl_legacy,mac80211
sony_laptop 39681 0
video 18908 1 i915
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
usbhid 41905 0
hid 77367 1 usbhid
firewire_ohci 35854 0
firewire_core 56937 1 firewire_ohci
e100 36289 0
crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core

And yeah sorry i mistyped i got latest 11.10 sorry for such a stupid mistake was in a hurry to finish up work smile.gif
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Well I still did not manage to fix the problem with the sound, frown.gif no one has any idea? I already posted the info that was asked for.
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Sound should work automatically, if your having problems I would suggest getting gnome-alsamixer (best GUI) and all the pulseaudio tools installed. I hate to say it but PA has turned out to be smooth for a standard desktop use. Once you get those you should go through them and see if anything is muted. I would use both because I've had gnome-alsamixer set alsa settings that the pauvcontrol (or whatever) won't.

If you want go go a bit more tedious route you could install OSS4 from source and install that, though I would say you should get sound from alsa I'm just guessing something is muted or the volume is set to 0 somewhere in alsamixer.

You could also give us sys specs, might help.
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