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I trying to load the driver for the Lexmark printer which was downloaded form their site. I get to a point where Ubuntu 12.04 asks for the root administrator password. I don't recall putting one in upon installation. If I did how can I retrieve it again? BUT if I didn't then what would it be?

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Wha about your user password, do you still remember that one? When installing Ubuntu you are supposed to provide an username and a password. That is your so-called 'root' password. – Taz D. Mar 25 '14 at 18:28
Have tried that password on numerous occasions but never seems to accept. – Sergiof Mar 25 '14 at 18:30
I was able to change the password. Thanks everyone who helped. – Sergiof Mar 25 '14 at 18:49

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type: sudo passwd root

(set password)

that should do it

(found at : )


As administrator it is same as your login password. My experience is Ubuntu cannot install without you choose a password. you can google -forgot password ubuntu- to find what to do or watch this youtube movie

Solution is about holding down shift during bootup. My problem was I could not enter boot menu. So, easy as it was, just reinstalled ubuntu to reset password, took half an hour. A possibility but prob. not the best one.

Good Luck!

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