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It is possible to reset your password ***** even add a new user with root privileges. This can be achieved by booting from a Live CD or Bootable USB.
You can create the CD or USB from a working PC and an ISO image from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
After booting from the CD or USB and selecting the 'Try Ubuntu' option, you can then follow steps listed here:
After executing sudo chroot /mnt/ which is under step 3 there,
You can then run any root privileged command on you system which includes resetting your password ***** creating a new user and adding them to sudo group.
I don't currently have writeable cd or usb . wondering if I can download image on to a RCA m5504 that I have from my mac mini and use the m5504 player to boot from ? If not I will have to wait until I can get out and buy a blank cd . What do you suggest ?
Ok. I suggest you write it on a cd and more specifically, a writable DVD as it is larger than 700MB in size.
After getting hold of the writable dvd please tell me the operating system of the working computer that you will be using to write the dvd so that I can suggest a procedure to write it.
Ok . Thanks
To burn or write the iso image on OS X EI, you can do it by:
1. Insert the blank DVD in the drive
2. Navigate to where you saved the downloaded ubuntu .iso image.
3. Right-click on the iso file and select "Burn Disk Image to Disc”
Please let me know when done or experience any problems
Thats right. We only want to boot with it so we can update the password ***** not to necessarily install it.
Try this command
hdiutil burn ~/Desktop/nameofthefile.iso
from the command line with this part "~/Desktop/nameofthefile.iso" pointing to where you saved the ISO file
Now what is the make and model of the machine where your Zorin is installed?
Ok, Insert the DVD and while it is starting up, keep on pressing F12 until it gives you an option to select a boot device.
You will then select cd/dvd
You may select burn and see happens. I may have copied to a cache and waiting until you have included all files that you want to burn. If its prompting you then select burn.
Ok I'll also try a Secure Remote Assistance about the same time
Hi, I trust you are well.
Please try this approach with usb: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx
No, it does not matter. You may still use the one that you have downloaded yesterday.
Ok try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf3VChom8qo
You will stop where he turns off his mac. You will simpy eject the usb once its done and plug it on the dell
You may try the F12 key while the system starts up.
If it does not give you an option to boot from USB you may follow this procedure:
Once you will have booted successfully you'll select 'Try Ubuntu' and then the steps http://www.webupd8.org/2014/01/how-to-fix-non-bootable-ubuntu-system.html
If I stop responding I will have passed out it is after midnight this side. I will check with you in the morning how it went.
Hi. Did the machine boot from the usb?
Ok cool chat to you tomorrow. There must be a default password ***** I'll confirm.
There does not seem to be a default password.
So if you press F12, it does not give you the list of boot devices like this guy?
Ok. Someone had a similar issue here http://ccm.net/forum/affich-129187-dell-laptop-black-screen-flashing-cursor
I am not sure which answer might work for us.
I think I can opt out for now to allow contributions by other experts. The background that we have and the resources gathered should be sufficient to get familiar with the issue.
I will keep an eye on the request however to be sure you get assistance.
Are you there, I've just picked this up.
I HOPE I AM NOT OVERPOSTING KEVIN. Hello. The system tells me you requested a new expert only a couple of hours ago to help you with your Linux issue. I will be delighted to assist you. I have read through the question stream, but I see many issues being discussed that don't appear to pertain to your original concern. Can you tell me PRECISELY what the issue is and PRECISELY what has been tried and proven unsuccessful? Thank you very much for your cooperation and effort.