will not let me upgrade, no admin rights, how can i reset my password

Asked by Jeannine DiTonno on 2012-10-29

I don't think I have a bug. I am ignorant to this operating system. I have lost my admin rights. Not sure how. How can I get my admin rights back.

my original log on was my name and no password

changed my name and added a password and lost all rights. Won't let me log on the original way

Ubuntu 8.04
                - the Hardy Heron - released in April 2008

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: lpia
Date: Mon Oct 29 08:08:02 2012
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/yelp
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Package: yelp 2.22.1-0ubuntu2.8.04.3.1netbook2
PackageArchitecture: lpia
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: yelp
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-27-lpia i686
UnreportableReason: This is not a genuine Ubuntu package

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2012-10-29
Last reply:
2012-11-13

This question was originally filed as bug #1072697.

Jeannine DiTonno (jlizzie) said : #1

I don't think I have a bug. I am ignorant to this operating system. I have lost my admin rights. Not sure how. How can I get my admin rights back.

my original log on was my name and no password

changed my name and added a password and lost all rights. Won't let me log on the original way

Ubuntu 8.04
                - the Hardy Heron - released in April 2008

Are you using a desktop OS or a server OS (no desktop, CLI only)?

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #3

Hardy is an old version and you should consider an upgrade. If you are using the server version then its supported until April 2013. If you are using the desktop version it is not supported any more.

 You can reset your password however.

First find out your user name. If you don't know already open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and enter

whoami

Next reset the password

There are a few methods (mostly similar) take a look at these

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-help/user-forgottenpassword.html

http://askubuntu.com/questions/24006/how-do-i-reset-a-lost-administrative-password

http://naveenubuntu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/recover-login-password-of-ubuntu-1204.html

If this does not work then open a terminal and give us the output of

id

Jeannine DiTonno (jlizzie) said : #4

Thank you so much, I will get to work on it

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Subject: Re: [Question #212640]: will not let me upgrade, no admin rights

Your question #212640 on yelp in Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/yelp/+question/212640

    Status: Needs information => Answered

Warren Hill proposed the following answer:
Hardy is an old version and you should consider an upgrade. If you are using the server version then its supported until April 2013. If you are using the desktop version it is not supported any more.

 You can reset your password however.

First find out your user name. If you don't know already open a terminal
(CTRL+ALT+T) and enter

whoami

Next reset the password

There are a few methods (mostly similar) take a look at these

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-help/user-forgottenpassword.html

http://askubuntu.com/questions/24006/how-do-i-reset-a-lost-
administrative-password

http://naveenubuntu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/recover-login-password-of-
ubuntu-1204.html

If this does not work then open a terminal and give us the output of

id

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #5

Is this now fixed? If yes can you mark the question solved please. If not what problems are you still having?

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