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    Gabe BigBillz Simon
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    I started fiddling around with this OS a month or so ago and took a break until I got A book on more tutorials.
    Now that I have the book I forgot my password…
    Is there a simple way to reset it without signing in, or would it be just as easy to reformat my HDD and start over…

    #4062

    Vince
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    As discussed on Facebook, as you don’t know the root password either you’ll need to boot from a Linux live disk like the Chapeau live disk you installed onto your system and change the root password within a chroot on the system disk.

    To elaborate now I’ve got more room on the forum, one would do this as follows;

    * Boot your Chapeau live USB disk or DVD.

    * Find the system disk that Chapeau is installed on. You can use Gnome’s Disks application or sudo fdisk -l in a terminal. For this example let’s assume it is /dev/sda1 which is the first filesystem on the first disk.

    * Open a terminal and mount the filesystem;
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

    * You should now be able to see the contents of the mounted disk;
    ls /mnt
    … to ensure you’ve mounted the right filesystem, displaying the contents of the fedora-release file should show the Chapeau release name
    cat /mnt/etc/fedora-release

    * Open a chroot session on the disk and change the root password and you might as well reset your user account’s password while you’re there;

    * Reboot back into your Chapeau installation and use your new passwords.

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