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 Post subject: Forgotten Password
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:04 am 

Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:18 am
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Location: Boston, MA
I just started working on a Genesi Efika MX Cloud computer, and the previous user forgot the password (os is ubuntu).

How do I go about resetting the password?

Thank you-

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:18 pm 

Joined: Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:28 am
Posts: 409
Location: Finland

The easiest way to do this:

- Make an SD card with the installer image:

- Boot from the SD card, but answer 'N' to the question if you want to erase everything and re-install

- This will drop you to a shell. Username and password are both 'oem', no quotes

- Become root: 'sudo su', password again 'oem'

- Mount the internal drive on e.g., /mnt as follows:
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
- Edit /mnt/etc/shadow with e.g., nano:
nano /mnt/etc/shadow
- Find the user name. It should look like this:
- Remove the hex string, in the example above, remove the part here:
- Shut down the system : 'shutdown -h now'

- Remove SD card and power on.

The user in question will have a blank password.


Johan Dams, Genesi USA Inc.
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