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I just purchased a computer with Ubuntu from the University. They said it was freshly installed. I would like to stream media and watch DVD's for one thing. I tried to install Adobe, but I need a password to Authenticate. I rebooted the system and went to where I saw root@ubuntu:~#. It gave no options, just a flashing cursor. Any help? Sudo is already installed.

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Ask whoever sold you the laptop for the password. – Uri Herrera May 21 '12 at 4:02
I can't until Wednesday, when the University surplus store is open. I'm impatient. – Felix May 21 '12 at 4:45
Reinstall? I'll bet you your University will allow you to download the ISO on one of their local-network systems. If you have another system around, burn the 11.10 (or 12.04) ISO to a USB device. Then, boot on that laptop with the USB running the ISO, and clean-install. – Thomas W. Aug 24 '12 at 17:27

and went to where I saw root@ubuntu:~#

If you got there, and know your username (which you select when you login), just type in passwd username and change your password to something new (it doesn't require knowledge of the old password).

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when I login, I don't have to enter a password. – Felix May 21 '12 at 4:43
Thanks, got it! – Felix May 21 '12 at 5:09

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