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#1 altonius

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:27 AM

Hi guys,

             I'm really new to this linux thing--yesterday--honest! Anyway, I replaced XP with Ubuntu 13.10 on an old Acer netbook. I set it up and got rid of things I won't ever use, and downloaded some stuff that I will. Nothing weird. I also switched browsers, Firefox to Chrome.

 

 

 



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#2 altonius

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:33 AM

OK, had a little problem there. So, when I try to run a command from the terminal, for example, Sudo shutdown -r > enter, I am asked for my password which I then try to input. The computer will not let me type. It's as if the keyboard is turned off. Any ideas what's going on? 



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:15 AM

OP said, "I set it up and got rid of things I won't ever use"

 

What was deleted?  How was it removed?  It is common for new users to have to reinstall (I did so myself many times when new to Linux) because of an unwitting mistake in removing files.  Do not be afraid of it, just accept it as a rite of passage. 

 

If the PC is older than say five years, a 'buntu like xubuntu 12.04.2 may be more desirable than the latest ubuntu.

 

If a root password is desired, I would recommend first disconnecting any wired or wireless connection to the internet and then going to a teminal and typing in the command

sudo passwd root

and following instructions,

 

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:45 AM

There is no feedback when inputting passwords into a terminal.  No indication anything is being typed. But if you type your password and press enter it should accept it.

 

OK, had a little problem there. So, when I try to run a command from the terminal, for example, Sudo shutdown -r > enter, I am asked for my password which I then try to input. The computer will not let me type. It's as if the keyboard is turned off. Any ideas what's going on? 


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:59 PM

Thanks to 'pane-free' and 'jonuk76' for your help. The stuff I removed from 13.10 was nothing integral, just some of the apps. I did not really have a problem. Just complete ignorance and inexperience, not just with Ubuntu. My entire computer knowledge (?) has been gained only since last April, maybe 9 months. All of that was in Windows 8 and then updated to 8.1. I think I need to stop messing around in the bowels of the machine and start reading up on Linux! Thanks again guys.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:16 PM

I found 13.10 to have a lot of problems, so I am running 12.04 lts, until Ubuntu fixes them.  Things like Wireless adapter drivers, Samba, and a few others.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:26 PM

greg best to stick with 12.04 lts. for most users the lts versions are best. also would suggest updating to 14.04lts when it is released this year. the lts version are supported for 5 years.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:27 PM

and you should be able to update directly to 14.04


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Posted 18 January 2014 - 09:42 PM

and you should be able to update directly to 14.04

Rumor has it, that 14.04 lts is going to have the same issues as 13.10, with the Realtek Wireless chipset drivers.  Until they get the Realtek issue fixed, they are going to end up either having users tethered to a cord, or staying with Windows on their laptops.






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