User Account and Password - newbie in trouble!

  • Wombat
Posted: Sun, 01/20/2008 - 12:31
Greetings, newbie here, I've just installed 64Studio 2.0 and rebooted. The login screen comes up and asks for my user name and password, but during installation I can't recall any screen asking me to set that up. There was a screen asking for a root name and password, but that doesn't seem to work for just logging in. It's so tantalizing to be so close, but I just can't get past that login. I've installed it all twice, but still no joy.I'm quite new to Linux, and would be grateful for some help. Thanks

Adding users

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 01/30/2008 - 05:46
Yes, I have done it, but if you are not as advanced as picothinker, I'll rather install 64studio correctly and get it over with. The reason? A 64studio user have to belong to a number of groups to get the RT to work. Couldn't you add those? I hear you ask. Yes you can, but to get everything going is more work and requires more time than just reinstalling 64studio. (OK, it takes more time for the average user, having to read the how-to while he is doing it) On the other hand, If you'd like to learn more about linux, and want to fiddle, be my guest. Only one way to learn... and that is to suffer a bit! Cheers, Quentin

you can manually add users as root

  • picothinker
  • 08/22/07
  • Tue, 01/29/2008 - 22:26
but you won't be able to log in as root directly (without some changes). Hit Ctl-Alt-F1 and you have a login prompt. Login as root, and then you can manually add users. useradd (username) You will need to then set the password, while in the terminal window enter: passwd (username). Hit Alt-F7 to get back to the X gui, and continue from there.

I'll send you the DVD

  • MrsColumbo
  • 01/11/08
  • Mon, 01/21/2008 - 07:52
Mail me any time at and I'll send you a DVD of 2.1 soon as it's out, mate :) Will take some time though, from Middle Europe to DOwn Under :))))

Disk bad

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 01/20/2008 - 15:17
I believe the disk supplied must be bad, (or you had a bad apple) I have downloaded every release since 0.3, and every one worked, given the download was not corrupted (happened many times ISP issues) or the disk write was unsuccessful... speck of dirt did that. I also recommend it, just don't try to upgrade to testing at the moment. Testing went a bit haywire prior to the 64studio 2.1 release. 2.1 will be worth it though, so the moment it comes out, you better get a contact on the mainland to download your new copy of 64studio! I'm sure you'll have many productive hours running 64...


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 01/20/2008 - 12:44
It asks for the user's full name after the root password, followed by the user name and then a password. It has been this way since ver 0.3 and did not change yet... It never asks for a root name... just a user name. And you should enter a password twice, and once for root, and another time for the user. Never use the same password for both users! Try again, and let us know Cheers

Thanks for the quick reply,

  • Wombat
  • 01/20/08
  • Sun, 01/20/2008 - 12:56
Thanks for the quick reply, Quentin. Maybe there's a page missing from the installation script on my disc. There's definitely only one opportunity to set a root password during installation, (not a root name - sorry, got that wrong) and none at all to enter a user name and password. My distro came on a DVD attached to Linux Format magazine, November 2007 edition. Is there any way I can rescue this? I live on an island off the coast of South Australia and I haven't got access to the bandwidth to download it all from scratch off the Net. Thanks for your intetrest.

Found it! It's very odd. I

  • Wombat
  • 01/20/08
  • Sun, 01/20/2008 - 14:11
Found it! It's very odd. I went through the install process all over again, still no user account setup. On a whim, I started hitting (literally, by this stage - it's well past 1am!) the "back" button and came across a page that wasn't there first time round. It laid out the various stages of the installation, and there was one for setting up an account name and password. Having done that, the install program then insisted on reformatting one of the partitions and installing everything all over again! Not a very happy intro, I have to say. 64Studio was recommended by someone on the Reaper forum. I haven't tried it yet - it'll have to wait for tomorrow - but I can't say I was inspired by the installation process. But anyway, my daddy always told me, "Endeavour to persevere" and I've always found that sage advice. This forum seems friendly, anyway. Cheers.