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If there was no user name nor login on the computer before, then try entering default values... your name or your home directory name, for the user name, and then a blank (no characters) for the password.
In this case, the system *cannot* make up a password ***** you. It has to use default values. It will (in usual UNIX/Linux fashion) only have a blank password ***** this point.
The only real puzzle would be the user name. The exact spelling of your home directory on the system, as it was, would be a logical choice, however. Try that as a username to log in with, and see if that, and a blank password, works.
(Keep in mind that Linux tends to observe UPPER-CASE and lower-case distinctions in some instances, so spell the username exactly as your home directory name is spelled.)
Let me know how it goes, please.
I'm sorry - if you never entered any password, then you may be 'stuck' with trying to get access by changing the root password.
In fact, that's an idea! try the
username, and then a blank password ***** it! unless you set a password ***** root already, in which case use that root password ***** course.
See if you can log in as root, and straighten out the other problems with the root user powers.
Let me know how that sounds... and how it goes, please.
Put in the
username, which is always just root. That's the username to try.
Then enter nothing, no characters, a blank, in the password ***** Or enter nothing in the password ***** don't even click in it.
Then submit that as a login. See if it works.
Let me know.
To get into Linux some other way - with the objective of changing the root password (or, whatever user password ***** provide access to the extent you need. root is best, ***** *****)
Do you have a boot disk for ubuntu?
Then that's not fortunate.
Have you tried, by the way, a blank username and a blank password?
Then do you have any data, not backed up to other devices, that you value, on that ubuntu computer?
And also: do you have another computer, with a CD-writing drive on it and internet access?
You will need to burn a boot CD of some sort - if only to recover data....
(I'm taking a lunch break of about 2 hours now...)
I can guide you as to a method of data recovery before other measures of that sort, if you can produce a burned CD boot disk of a certain sort.
But if you'd rather proceed in other directions, that's fine. Nonetheless, if you cannot, or do not know how to, boot up the system into singleuser mode, a boot CD of some sort, even if only to cancel password ***** for the root account and thus allow direct login and correction of other lesser account statuses with regard to password... a boot CD of some sort will be needed, in sum, if this system cannot be booted up in singleuser mode.