at the bootprompt enter:
your system will boot without runlevel and you are root try "id"
then rmount your root-partition and if you have your usr-partition with
the following command:
mount -n -o remount,rw /
mount -n -o remount,rw /usr
then you can change your root password with
The only thing is you can't do a shutdown, because you are not in a
runlevel. so switch your computer off and on again. Then start your
Linux and login with your new rootpassword
>>>>Please help. My computer was in mothballs for a few months. Then when
>>>>I started it again, I remembered every password except the one for root!
>>>Restart the system, when you see "LILO:" type linux single or linux 1,
>>>this will boot you in single-user mode. At this point you are root.
>>>Use passwd to change the password.
>>That doesn't work with SuSE. It doesn't matter what runlevel you boot into,
>>it always ask for a password (root password in single user mode).
>>What you can do:
>>1. Boot from CD#1, start the rescue system.
>>2. Mount the / partition read-write to $MOUNTPOINT.
>>3. Edit the file $MOUNTPOINT/etc/shadow -> remove the encrypted password
>> of root (it's the stuff between the first and the second colon)
>>4. Reboot your system from HDD. You should now be able to login to user
>> without a password.
>>5. Use 'passwd' to set a new one.
> I've tried this without success. I must be doing something wrong. If I echo
> $MOUNTPOINT I get nothing. What should $MOUNTPOINT =? Should I mount -rw
> /dev/hda? / This is a dual boot system and I can't remember which /dev/hda
> the / partion is mounted on. Yikes! I'm really lost.
> Thanks for your help,