unable to type password in terminal in Ubuntu 7.10

Asked by RoBo5005

I successfully installed Ubuntu 7.10 onto WD 80 Gb hard drive on a Biostar P4M800Pro-M7 motherboard,but have a problem with typing the password into terminal box to install HP printer driver package;I have tried to
type the required password into the administraor password line,but it does not display the characters after attempting to fill in the password!!

I was wondering if anyone knows a workaround for this problem other thangoing back to Windows XP??

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Vojtěch Trefný (vojtech.trefny) said :

Just type your password and enter - the password is writting, system only doesn't show stars, dots or so.

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Vojtěch Trefný (vojtech.trefny) said :

Vojtěch Trefný suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #62: “Unable to type password in terminal”.

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

It's easy - the passwords won't show up as you type them but they are being entered.. Notice that it won't show the '*' while you type, but just type in normally ! this is how it works to avoid people from looking over your shoulder !:-)

This article gives nice info about working of sudo command


Hope that helps

Bhavani Shankar.

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RoBo5005 (johnson05501387) said :

Hello forum member Shankar,
  I think you may have misunderstood my question,so here is the specific
problem:when I try to type my password into the type passwordline,there is
NO indication of characters being typed into terminal window;
the cursor does not move nor respond with an aterisk to indicat a character
was typed!!!

That is my main problem,but I also need to know what via chipset drivers are
supported by Ubuntu 7.1 desktop edition??

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RoBo5005 (johnson05501387) said :

Hello forum member,
  I think that it will take me awhile to underrstand the differences between
Ubuntu and Microsoft Windows o s;
the difference of typing in password in terminal or kommand window will
take some getting used in relation to Windows command prompt!!

Thank you for the Ubuntu FAQ tip!!

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

The lack of visual feedback when you enter your password in the terminal is a common problem for new users, and, unfortunately, it will never change. Just enter your password and hit the Enter key.

More Info:


Yes there is support for via chipset drivers in linux and also in ubuntu,



Hope that helps

Bhavani Shankar.

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