Not sure how this happened but...
When I installed 11.10 I did not create a password, when my son added his account to the mahine somehow his account became the administrative account. I know this because everytime I had to connect to a new wifi location the machine would ask for the administrative password and the one that worked was his account password.
His account has been deleted from the machine, I tried to connect to a new wifi and am being asked for the administrative password. I entered what his used to be and it is not accepting it.
I have tried several methods to try and reset the administrative password but at every point I am being asked for the password before I can proceed.
Starting to think I am going to have to reinstall Ubuntu to solve this