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How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password?

I've tried to change in grub but doesn't work. "mount -o rw; remount" doesn't allow it either

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marked as duplicate by Bruno Pereira Aug 13 '12 at 14:17

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Did you try looking at How do I reset a lost administrative root password?, check with the command used in that question. – Nitin Venkatesh Aug 13 '12 at 6:47

Thanks for a prompt answer! Yes I tried that. I even tried his 'drastic' answer, but there seemed already to be no password present when I went into nano. I should explain that I'm a total novice in linux. I had the problem before as well; I wiped the harddrive thinking I'd done something wrong, but when I reinstalled ubuntu 12.04 I found the same problem.

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Firstly, welcome to the Askubuntu :) This post would be more practical as a comment rather than an answer. Use the Add comment button below the question, if unable to, then edit your question to add this information :) Secondly, if there is no hashed password there, then you should be able to login with a blank password - just hit the enter key when you are prompted for a password and then you can set it once you're logged in with passwd $USER – Nitin Venkatesh Aug 13 '12 at 7:10

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