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My laptop was stolen so i bought a used desktop until i can replace the laptop. my problem is that this computer is running on something i never seen before. it,s called will not let me do anything! it constantly is asking for the administerator password! naturally i went to youtube to deal with it but i can,t because i need adobe player to watch the video and i don,t have the administerator password to download adobe! HELP!!!!

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I am assuming you have a username on this cpu.
open a terminal and type sudo su
make a root password
as root you can use the following command
passwd (username)

If you do not have sudo privileges, use a live CD. I reccomend knoppix. mount the drive. Use the command "mount" to see what drives are available
then use the "passwd" to reset the passwd for whatever usernames you need to change.

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    I just read what I typed, and you need to to use the "mount" command prior to mounting the drive, so that you mount the right drive.

    example: I type mount at the command prompt:
    /dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    /sys on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=0755)
    varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
    udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    devshm on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
    lrm on /lib/modules/2.6.24-28-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw)
    securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/mburford/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=mburford)
    /dev/scd0 on /media/cdrom0 type iso9660 (ro,nosuid,nodev,utf8,

    I want /dev/sda1
    it is my hardrive

    I type "mount -w /dev/sda1"
    the -w makes the drive readable/writable, which I need it to be if I am going to store or change passwords there.

    the drive gets mounted (is usable)
    then I type "passwd"
    this allows you to change the root password, ubuntu by default does not enable a root account.
    so you may want to type "passwd ***"
    where ***=the username that you want to change the password for
    to find out what usernames are available on your CPU just look in /home
    all usernames will have directories there.


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Ubuntu is a version of Linux that was designed to replace windows. When you get it sorted out it is really pretty good bordering on great. I'm stuck using wndow but used Ubunti enough to be impressed by it.

Your best bet is to get hold of the person who sold it or set it up. It's the obvious answer but the encryption used to store the passwords is pretty robust so there isn't an easy way to discover what it is. That encryption is designed to prevent anyone from breaking in so its pretty secure and in situations like yours rather annoying.

You can get a free install disk from Ubuntu and reinstall it which would wipe out the password files and everything ele. This isn't that bad a thing to do. It does let you setup everything including passwords etc and it lets you get more familiar with the operating system.

I think the best advice I can give you is to contact the Ubuntu user forums and see if someone can help you. This is all free of course and the prople there are right up to speed on everything. Someone might have a solution that won't be as drastic as a reinstall. is the main page and you can order cd's etc.

You can click on support on that page and it will give you a few options. The web based forum is pretty good and you get quick responses.

Create a free account so you can post and you should see a few ways to fix your problem..

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Ubuntu in a distrobution of the Linux operating system. try for more info.
Ubuntu is one of the easyest to use but much more complex than any windows you may be used to. the password would have been set at the beginning of the install if you did not set this you do not no what it is try(root). you could reinstall linux ubuntu this is free softwear and to use adobe you need to download for the Linux version avalibal from

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Go to another computer and download Ubuntu from here You'll need to burn the copy to CD (using an ISO burn utility, can be downloaded from MicroSoft or other download sites). Once you've obtained the newly downloaded copy, boot your pc using the CD you just burned and reinstall Ubuntu, here, you'll give it a new administrator password and will have a fresh copy to work with.

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution. You will need to purchase and install (or have someone install for you) a copy of windows.

I would advise that you take it to your local Staples and have them set it up for you.

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