Login problems with 11.10 desktop

Asked by Wesley E. Sale on 2012-03-01

I had a lot of problems last year installing ubuntu on my system; took 3 installs before I could login to an account. I got lucky and managed to turn on autologin after resetting password and thought I was okay.

I was adding a new user account to the system this morning and noticed as I created the account, that the adduser routine showed length of passwords for the two admin accounts as being 5 characters long - my password should have been 7 characters in length and that of the new account should have been 9 characters. I reset the passwords but the desktop did not update it's display of the 5 dots for either account.

I thought it odd but continued and tried to login to the new account; desktop wouldn't accept the password. I tried going back to my regular account and it wouldn't accept the password either. A reboot failed to get me back into my original account, autologin appears to have been disabled by the desktop software.

I've been spending hours and hours trying to get into the accounts now. Have reset both the passwords several times while as root, deleted the .Gnome2 keyring files as some messages in another support group suggested and even deleted the passwords and altered /etc/gdm/conf. Nothing works, I still cannot get back into the system.

All I can think of is there's a bogus password defined somewhere in the system - the desktop is only looking for that value and will accept no other. This is exactly the behavior I saw when doing the initial installs in Sept. Install asks for a password - which is then not used later when logging in.

Non of the equipment has been altered in any way, the desktop refuses to login to the accounts - giving the "Invalid password, please try again" message. I cann't do a new install, there's too much data on the system(was making the new account for handling the backups).

Any suggestions would be welcome. [Besides the use of large firearms or explosives on the computer]

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