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Grub usually gives you a few seconds to interrupt the normal boot and allows you to choose single user/emergency. I don't think you need a password from there, and can reset the root password. I would check, but my desktop (Ubuntu 19) has a hardware problem at the moment.
Also, (assuming it is allowing you to type in the password), could it be a problem with a key on your laptop keyboard - which is going to be hard to spot when entering a password. Can you plug in an external keyboard - or telnet/ssh from your desktop.
Thanks so much. Somehow I've literally been typing my password for weeks without actually knowing it. I was one character off today and couldn't get it. Yes, I'm obviously senile and a savant at the same time, because I can type a password incorrectly for weeks then not know it.
Somehow I've literally been typing my password for weeks without actually knowing it. I was one character off today and couldn't get it. Yes, I'm obviously senile and a savant at the same time, because I can type a password incorrectly for weeks then not know it.
there does seem to be a problem with it not accepting your password
There's something to that, I'm convinced of it.
I've had a number of Linux distributions on a laptop I swear sometimes refuses to accept my password even though I know, absolutely and positively, has been typed in correctly. Then I force a reboot and everything's fine, on the very first attempt.
Every once in a while it's the NumLock key. Being a laptop, it doesn't have a dedicated numeric keypad, and some keys (YUI/HJK/NM, I think) can be reused to enter digits. But when I get in the situation described above, more often than not, hitting NumLock doesn't make any difference. For a while, I had temporarily changed my password so it doesn't use any of those multi-use buttons...and hadn't encountered the problem. It could have been just a coincidence. It's never happened often enough for me to notice any particular pattern or become a predictable thing.
Same laptop ran various versions of Windows for years prior to that, without ever exhibiting this behavior.
Thanks for the input. I think I've encountered this too because I'm not sure how I continually typed it wrong so many times. I finally got it all resolved. Somehow I had typed one char in place of another but for a couple of weeks had been typing it properly, I guess.
And when I looked it up there are some cases where certain versions of ubuntu (in the past) did have a problem.
Muscle memory is also definitely a thing. I swear I have some passwords I can type blindfolded in a fraction of a second. Yet if you were to ask me to write it down on a piece of paper, I'd have a hard time doing it correctly.
Then every once in a while I have a brain fart and go into a panic because I have no idea what a password is, and it's one I use so frequently I've never bothered entering it in a password manager...one day it'll become permanent and I'll be truly screwed...
My favorite bout with a major brain phart is related to shifting my care into reverse.
Went to pick up a pizza, having driven their in my Mazda 5-speed. Upon receiving the heavenly delight I put it on the passenger's seat, careful to prop up the back so it sat straight despite the seat's but-wrapping format. Started the engine and could not shift into reverse. I had fronted into the space and things were not good. After some crazy struggling I put it in neutral, pushed it back a ways, and drove home - parking carefully in a space I could glide into without going into reverse. After feeding, I went out to try again - no luck.
The next day I made it to the dealer (fortunately, still under warranty) and told him the problem; left (Mrs Wife drove me home in her 6-speed - which is an important point). Well - much later that day the dealer called and said he found nothing wrong - so come and get the car.
It was when I got into the car at the dealers - who fronted into a space on his lot - that I realized what was going on. I was shifting into reverse as though it was Mrs. Wife's chariot. Hers is to the front left - mine to the back-right . . .
To coin a pun: brain-phart's really stink - and like their name-sake, are often good for a laugh.
Fantastic story. And, very interesting that the User Interface. All my manual shift cars have been down right so that is interesting about the up and left.
It also reminds me of a junky car I drove when I was young.
I drove it for a couple of years and it ran great.
One day at the top of a building (in a parking garage) I put the key in and it would not start no matter what I did.
I was angry so I got out and called my wife (before cell phones) and she came and got me.
It was Friday so I decided I would not drive the car again and I went out over the weekend and bought my first new car.
I drove the new car monday morning and then that evening I decided that I needed to get the junker out of the garage (off the building roof).
I went up to look at the car again.
For some reason I stuck in the key in again and tried. nothing.
Then I looked down at the automatic shifter -- It was in [d].
I eased it into [p] and tried starting it again and it fired right up.
Yes, for some reason I could remove the key and put it in the ignition even though it was in drive.
I drove the car out of the garage and sold it soon afterward.
Write the password on a Post-It and stick it next to your screen. Simples!
That is a fantastic! All we need now is an official title for this process:
Password Remediation Proccess
Ok, I've printed the password on a nice 3x5 card stock, laminated it and taped it securely to the monitor.
Thanks for your help.
I am an idiot. Somehow I've been typing my password for 2 weeks without actually knowing my password!!! URGH!!!!
That's the problem with your "No password anymore" app... you get rusted remembering them
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.