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> > Subject: Got a free UNIX box and need HELP.
> > Date: 27 Sep 1996 04:49:26 GMT
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> > I was given a UNIX box running SCO UNIX os, and I want to get rid of it.
> > The person who gave it to me only knew the login name and password of two
> > people. When you log in with these two people you are automatically thrown
> > into a "Medical Manager" program, and when you exit the program you are
> > thrown to the login prompt. Nobody knows the root name and password to get
> > in, so I can't modify the system.
> > What I want to do is erase everything on the computer and re-build the
> > system. I don't care what I have to do as long as someone can tell me how
> > to remove the os, and get to some sort of prompt.
> > Thanks in advance.
> > Vince.
> What type of box is it??
> I am somewhat new to Unix, but without the root password I believe
> you are going to have to reinstall the system from scratch from the
> release media.
> As far as the software installed on it now, you probably
> won't be able to back up without higher privileges.
A couple of points:
When quoting a message, do not include the entire message header. I
know how you can set this up with Netscape, but I don't know how
the Microsoft newsreader does it.
If you have access to a set of bootable media (tape, CD-ROM, floppy)
for the OS, you can boot the machine in single user mode. I do it
John Hobson |Whenever someone says to me,
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ComEd, Chicago, IL, USA |"Sorry, I've made other plans."