Ubuntu Linux is set up to prompt for a password when switching users, installing new software or making systemwide configuration changes. Having a password that only you know is important for data security and to avoid malicious software attacks from a third party. If you've forgotten your password for your Eee PC running Ubuntu, you can reset it using built-in tools.
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Restart the computer and press the "Esc" key when the Ubuntu "GRUB Loading" screen comes up. This takes you to a menu with boot options of different Linux kernel and recover modes.
Choose the "Recovery Mode" option and press "Enter." At the Recovery Menu, select "Drop to Root Shell Prompt" and press "Enter." This takes you to a command shell prompt with administrative, or Root, privileges.
Type "passwd username," replacing "username" with your actual login name for Ubuntu. You will be prompted for a new password. Type one in and press "Enter." Your new password is set. Write it down or e-mail it to yourself in case you forget it again.
Type "sync" and then "reboot --f," followed by the "Enter" key to write the new password to disk and restart the computer.
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