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The nuts and bolts => Installation & Updates => Topic started by: notiones on January 08, 2010, 07:49:25 pm

Title: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on January 08, 2010, 07:49:25 pm
When I try to login, I get an error message saying "incorrect username or password". This goes for all users.

I have been trying to install Vector Linux Standard Gold 6.0. Everything goes well until I go to the first login, which I cannot do. I set up one user other than root. Root and I have passwords consisting of numbers, letters and symbols. These are not new passwords for me. I have been using them for a couple of years now so I doubt I typed them incorrectly. I have tried writing zero's to the drive and reinstalling, but I always end up with the same problem. I have tried everything I can think of. Even some silly stuff like trying different partition sizes on each installation attempt.

One last thing. I have no idea how long I have had this installation CD. I only know that it has never been used. I also have several different versions of Vector that I have installed without issue. I also do not believe it is the hardware as I have successfully installed numerous distro's on this box.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: toothandnail on January 09, 2010, 07:04:16 am
Probably a little too obvious, but I would check for an incorrect keymap or capslock being on as first steps.

paul.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on January 09, 2010, 07:54:24 am
Thanks, but one of the first things I did was change out the keyboard and make sure I didn't fat-finger something in xorg.conf.

I do have an idea though and will post the results if I am successful.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on January 10, 2010, 08:33:33 am
Well, I finally gave up. I did find out that if I used the text installer I wouldn't have any login problems. Unfortunately, I had horrible X problems. This, even after I hand configured xorg.conf (easy peasy). Consequently, I tossed the disk into the trash, formatted the drive, and installed a competing distro. I hope that it was just a bad disk and not indicative of a buggy distro because it seems so right for me. Too bad I paid for that disc. Perhaps, when the economy improves, along with my financial situation, I will buy another disc and try again.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: stretchedthin on January 10, 2010, 09:31:03 am
Sorry, for the experience.  One way you can test out if it was the disk, would be to download the free VL6.0 Standard.  I believe Deluxe and Standard share the same installation options, Text or Graphical.  If the newly downloaded disk installs fine, then I'd assume it was a bad Disk.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: sledgehammer on January 10, 2010, 05:22:13 pm
I have loaded Vector 6.0 standard hundreds of times on probably 70 computers (2 yesterday) and have yet to come upon this user name-password problem, unless I have caps-lock on or don't remember the user-name-password.  I don't think the problem is with the distro.

John

Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on January 10, 2010, 06:15:00 pm
Sledgehammer, I tend to agree with you. It has to be the disk because I can duplicate it time and time again, and in fact I did. If I had time, I would play with it some more, but as it is I have a couple of firewalls to setup and several desktops in need of repair.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 23, 2010, 06:41:31 am
Hi,

I'vejust burned the VectorLight Live CD and am trying to boot with it. It goes fine till I get asked for a user log in and then a password. I can read, so I offered it 'vector' for both but that isn't accepted. I have tried logging in as 'root' or 'user' but that doesn't work.

What should I be doing?

Susan (first time tryer)
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Daniel on January 23, 2010, 10:26:35 am
Did you try:

username= vl
password= vector

?
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 23, 2010, 10:53:57 am
I just tried that.
It starts Vector Log-in: I type vl.
It then goes to Password: but when I try to type 'vector'nothing happens -no letters appear.

I have also tried vl-live and VL-LIVE as log-ins

Susan
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on January 23, 2010, 10:56:34 am
You will not see anything when you type the password. That is normal.
Password for both accounts "root" and "vl" is "vector".

The LiveCD usually logs in automatically and boots straight in to a GUI desktop. Which of the boot menu options have you tried?
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 24, 2010, 12:36:01 pm
Right,
vl +vector worked, as far as:

You are working as vl
Frequently used programs:
Configuration :vasm
FileManager :mc (press F2 for usefulmenu)
Editor         : mcedit, nano, vl
Multimedia   : alsamixer, play
-bash: /usr/bin/skill: Input/output error
Default X     :startx
vector:/
vl:$

And there it stops. What now?

As for boot options - I didn't see any.

Susan
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on January 24, 2010, 07:11:51 pm
If the LiveCD just dumped you at the command prompt, something is out of the ordinary. It probably did not correctly identify your hardware.

It is possible that the boot menu options went by before something showed up on your monitor. When booting up, start hitting an up or down arrow on the keyboard about once a second to see if it appears.

If not, try these commands on the command line:
"su" (enter password vector)
"vxconf" and see if it figures it out
"startx" to start the GUI.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 26, 2010, 12:41:09 am
Well,
I'm finally in. It was strange, the boot kept stopping at different stages, sometimes I got asked for a password and sometimes I didn'tget thatfar before it crashed, sometimes I got a Vector logo screen and sometimes just letters. The problems seems to be choosing a video option - the combinations offered mean nothing to me so I have been working my way through them. 'f' gets me in without a password (it isn'tw orking very well, but that's another problem).
This could be somehing that needs explaining for us newbies.

Thanks for the advice.

Susan

PS I spoke too soon. I tried the same video option and am back to the vl:$ stage.Aaaaaaagh!
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on January 26, 2010, 03:16:26 am
It could be hard to explain what's happening on your computer. Random crashes and unpredictable behavior like that is usually caused by failing hardware.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 27, 2010, 09:18:43 am
 The computer was quite happy with Windows 98 and Puppy Linux is running fairly well.
I wonder about the disc-I have now read that iso files need to be burned at a slow speed. I may just redo the disc and try again.

Susan
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: sledgehammer on January 27, 2010, 02:33:59 pm
just curious....Are you trying to keep windows and dual boot or are you just going with Vector or are you doing something else. Are you worried about losing existing data? If just with Vector 6.0 standard, why not partition your hard drive anew and install VL6?  I don't use the live disk so can't help much there.

John
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: stretchedthin on January 27, 2010, 05:01:17 pm
I'm unclear from the posts whether you are attempting to install Vectorlinux 6.0 standard or light. 
So I'm going to give you more than one link that may at least show you how I go about an install.

For Vectorlinux Standard using the Gui installler. (http://www.opensourcebistro.com/blog1/?p=63)
For Vectorlinux Standard or light using the text installer.
 (http://www.opensourcebistro.com/blog1/?p=77)
For Vectorlinux light live cd. (http://=http://www.opensourcebistro.com/blog1/?p=74)

Also, if the trouble is related to partitioning you may want to check out this. (http://www.opensourcebistro.com/blog1/?cat=24)
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Deach on January 27, 2010, 05:43:50 pm
I would highly recommend burning the disk slower and select the "DAO" mode (although when I do that in my burner SAO comes up).  Anyway I was fighting various burns for a while until I slowed the burning down a bit and then selecting DAO.  I've only had one burn in a LONG time since doing that.  Good Luck.

Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: s1wood on January 29, 2010, 09:23:00 am
The disk is empty otherwise -this is my experiment computer - and I could try installing a full version, it'sjust that having already gone to the trouble of burning one disk it seemed simpler just to install from that. Now I have managed to install I can't boot....
I'll go away and read those links before I do anything else.

Susan

PS I am very impressed by the hardware detection, it even copes with the cheap USB hub that my Windows computer hates!
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on February 07, 2010, 08:04:06 am
Just an update on my original issue.

Yesterday I finally had time to download and burn a fresh copy of Vector Linux KDE Classic. Installation went off without a hitch and it is running very well on this ancient piece of hardware. I'm more of a GNOME guy, but this is so fast and clean I could get used to KDE in a hurry.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on May 11, 2010, 01:54:13 pm
When I try to login, I get an error message saying "incorrect username or password". This goes for all users.

I have been trying to install Vector Linux Standard Gold 6.0. Everything goes well until I go to the first login, which I cannot do. I set up one user other than root. Root and I have passwords consisting of numbers, letters and symbols. These are not new passwords for me. I have been using them for a couple of years now so I doubt I typed them incorrectly. I have tried writing zero's to the drive and reinstalling, but I always end up with the same problem. I have tried everything I can think of. Even some silly stuff like trying different partition sizes on each installation attempt.

One last thing. I have no idea how long I have had this installation CD. I only know that it has never been used. I also have several different versions of Vector that I have installed without issue. I also do not believe it is the hardware as I have successfully installed numerous distro's on this box.

I decided to try again, but alas, I am still getting this same problem except I used a fresh download and burned a new cd and then installed to a different computer. So, I can duplicate this problem with any burn of VL 6.0 Standard Edition Gold on any computer. The only thing the two computers had in common was that both had Ubuntu installed prior to Vector. Arghhh!

Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: stretchedthin on May 11, 2010, 05:12:20 pm
If you are using a home partition are you reformatting it during the install or leaving it the same?  Long-shot but perhaps some of your old Ubuntu setting are being detected.  Also are you using a blank password, capitalization or spaces in your password. (I'm not even sure our installer will let you choose a password like that)  Have not really run into this problem, so I'm just shooting arrows here.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: sledgehammer on May 11, 2010, 09:59:55 pm
Quote
The only thing the two computers had in common was that both had Ubuntu installed prior to Vector.

I disagree.  They also had you in common and, perhaps, a common download computer.  You may have also used the same vector installer (there is an old and a new one....I still prefer the old one).

I suggest, using VL 6.0, you reformat the drive on your experimental computer into three (and only three) partitions, a small swap, a 7 g root (make it bootable) and the rest as home.  Except for swap, format them with reiserfs.  After partitioning, reboot and again, to use the old installer, don't forget to type "linux" at the first prompt. When you get to the display configulator, do 8 colors and 800 x 600 for the display.  That has got to work.  If so, go back to vxconf and fix up the display.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on May 12, 2010, 04:56:37 am
I should clarify that I can install using the text installer without issue. And it doesn't care whether I have formatted the hard drive or not. It is the GUI installer that I cannot seem to make work. I spent about 8 hours on this yesterday doing installs in every possible configuration and completely wiping the drive in between. I never did get it to work using the graphical installer so at the end of the day I used the text installer to complete my final installation. I might re-visit this in a month or two, but for now it is on to other projects.

Thanks for the feedback.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Sonic on August 24, 2010, 07:10:19 am
When I try to login, I get an error message saying "incorrect username or password". This goes for all users.

I have been trying to install Vector Linux Standard Gold 6.0. Everything goes well until I go to the first login, which I cannot do. I set up one user other than root. Root and I have passwords consisting of numbers, letters and symbols. These are not new passwords for me. I have been using them for a couple of years now so I doubt I typed them incorrectly.
Hi, I have the same problem here. I can login as root just as normal, but other users can't login. Also removing the user and creating a new one doesn't work.

I decided to try again, but alas, I am still getting this same problem except I used a fresh download and burned a new cd and then installed to a different computer. So, I can duplicate this problem with any burn of VL 6.0 Standard Edition Gold on any computer. The only thing the two computers had in common was that both had Ubuntu installed prior to Vector. Arghhh!
I downloaded Vectorlinux 6.0 Standard just a few days ago and burned it to a new CD. I didn't have Ubuntu installed, but Linux Mint (LXDE Edition). However, as far as I know Linux Mint is based upon Ubuntu.
Has anyone an Idea how to solve this problem?
Maybe I also have to try text installer, but I don't want to reinstall if there is another way...
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: notiones on August 24, 2010, 10:09:10 am
I never did get this solved. I eventually downloaded and installed the KDE version and was so impressed with it that it is still on the machine today. It has proved to be bullet proof and very fast on this ancient hardware. Whatever issues I had with the GNOME version are forgotten.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Sonic on August 24, 2010, 10:52:40 am
I never did get this solved. I eventually downloaded and installed the KDE version and was so impressed with it that it is still on the machine today. It has proved to be bullet proof and very fast on this ancient hardware. Whatever issues I had with the GNOME version are forgotten.
hmmm... I also reinstalled VL now, with the oldschool text-installer.
Now I was able to login all users and the system seams to work great... WITH ON EXCEPTION:
the password of root and users remains the same, even if I change it with vasm... any solution for that?
Maybe I should make another topic for that problem...

I'm just sad that now I still can't use the system, even if all seams to work fine :(
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on August 24, 2010, 11:41:14 am
Log in as the user you want to change the password for, issue command "passwd".
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Sonic on August 24, 2010, 02:23:51 pm
Log in as the user you want to change the password for, issue command "passwd".
It worked for the normal user, I will try it for root account tomorrow. Thanks a lot. :)
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Bibby on January 05, 2011, 11:18:37 am
I have a similar problem. VL 6.0 SOHO was running perfectly until couple of days ago. Now I cannot log in my account. When I try it returns the log in screen. However, root account is working properly. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on January 05, 2011, 04:48:02 pm
Try to log in as root. Create a new user and try that. If the new user name works, then something got corrupted in your old user profile.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Bibby on January 06, 2011, 02:11:59 am
Tried that. Same thing as my account. Also tried changing my pass, but no luck. It seems that no other user except root is functional.  ???
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: nightflier on January 06, 2011, 05:04:06 am
Can you log in if you boot to text mode?
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: roarde on January 06, 2011, 07:52:07 am
/home may be corrupted, not mounting, or a reference to it may be incorrect. Root's home is /root. Check to see that /home is accessible.

You might also try creating a user and specifying a home directory such as /testuser just to see if that works.
Title: Re: Cannot login. "incorrect username or password"
Post by: Bibby on January 06, 2011, 11:28:07 am
Can you log in if you boot to text mode?
I'll try that.
/home may be corrupted, not mounting, or a reference to it may be incorrect. Root's home is /root. Check to see that /home is accessible.

You might also try creating a user and specifying a home directory such as /testuser just to see if that works.
I can access /home but creating a user with specific home directory didn't cross my mind. I'll see if that works. Thanks.