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ubuntu: can't log in

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by grim, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. grim

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    installed ubuntu 7.10 last night but i can't log into any forums it says username and password is invalid. i can get into hotmail fine though. using firefox.

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  2. JohnBradbury

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    off the top of my head I'd guess at the keyboard layout?
     
  3. grim

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    someone else suggested that but i already thought that so i typed the password in browser and it was ok

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  4. greenbrucelee
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    If your using firefox just tell it to remember it, to save any hassle.
     
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  5. grim

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    it wont work for me to save it :(

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  6. greenbrucelee
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    If you have downloaded the latest FF update, try rolling back sometimes the updates for firefox can do this, its also the same with add-ons like no script and add blocker.
     
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  7. grim

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    i did all the software updates last night, only installed add ons after i realised it werent working. is this a linux prob as i been using firefox for 4 years in windows and not seen this prob before ?

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    I don't know about Linux but I do know of some people having trouble with FF not saving passwords and names after installing add-ons and updates on various OSs normally it was sorted by removing the add on or taking the update off.
     
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  9. grim

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    it doesn't work with epiphany browser either :confused2

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  10. greenbrucelee
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    Must be a Linux issue then, I don't know about Linux maybe when Freddy Freeloader comes in he will know, as he is the resident Linux guy.
     
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  11. Sparky
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    Use Windows :biggrin

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  12. tripwire45
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    I'm betting it's a browser setting thing. There's nothing about the Linux kernel or the Ubuntu distro that would cause such a specific error. I did a little Googling and while I could find nothing associating Linux in general or Ubuntu in specific with this sort of problem, I did find a "smoking gun" associated with Firefox. This problem was posted on three other forums by apparently unrelated folks. Here are the links:

    http://forum.37signals.com/basecamp/forums/5/topics/2257

    http://gallery.menalto.com/node/35548

    http://www.nikonians.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=read_count&om=15362&forum=DCForumID4

    See if what was reported on any of those forums makes any sense and leads to a solution. I use Ubuntu 6.06 with Firefox 1.5.0.11 everyday and flawlessly login and post to this and several other forums. Good luck.
     
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  13. ffreeloader

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    Ummm.... What do you mean by this? How are you typing in a password in a browser without your keyboard?

    Also, please give me the exact steps you use to try to log in here and fail. I've had login failures here before, but they were of the variety that I'd enter name and password, hit the login button, the browser would cycle through, I would be told I had logged in, and then when taken back to the login page it was as if nothing had happened. After cycling through the process a few times the problem stopped, and I've never had another problem with it.

    I've never gotten an invalid user name and password before, except when giving an invalid user name and/or password in error.

    What are your settings as far as cookies, history, and temporary files are concerned? Have you tried deleting all temporary files, deleting all cookies, closing your browser, starting it back up and starting over?
     
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    i'm at work now so can't check the settings, i just log in by typing in the username and password. As you can't see the password because it's starred out i typed it into the address bar to double check it was actually being typed in correctly and it was ok. it's not just this forum, i can't log into any forums even though i'm 100% certain the username and password are correct.

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    Hmmm.... I don't know on this one. I've never seen anything like that, nor have I run across anyone who has had that problem in my surfing either. It's a first.

    Install wireshark and fire it up just before you try logging in. It will sniff all the packets so that you will be able to see if it is sending your user name and password.
     
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  16. grim

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    was rushed off my feet last night so it barely got a look in. will see what i can do tonight.

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    i re-installed ubuntu last night so the lay out on the hard disk is..

    C: - vista
    D: & E: - i set ubuntu to guided installation so i assume it installed these other 2 partitions.

    both o/s' boot fine but i've got more problems with ubuntu, firstly when i ran the updates it said there was none even though when i installed it before it had 120mb of them to do, firefox still wont let me log into forums and i can't install anything now either. i downloaded amsn onto the desktop and last time i ran "sudo apt-get install amsn" and it was fine but now it keeps saying E: coulnt find package amsn". it does this when i try to install browser plugins too :(

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  18. tripwire45
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    I'm at a loss, grim. I've never had these problems with Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. Granted, it's been years since I've done a dual-boot configuration, but even then, I don't recall these issues.

    I hate to throw in the towel, but I'm going to suggest that you post the issue at the ubuntu forums:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php

    Since, by definition, the forum is populated with a bunch of ubuntu users, someone there may have come across this issue and be able to help (of course, Freddy could be along here any second and solve the whole thing). Whatever solution or set of steps to take from here, please post them so we can all benefit.
     
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    would ubuntu have created the 1.2gb E: drive and why is it trying to run the files from there ?

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  20. tripwire45
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    If you let Linux have it's way during install, it will create two partitions, a swap partition and a data partition. My guess is that's the two additional drive letters you see. The confusion is that Windows uses drive letters but Linux uses directories (everything in Linux is a file including devices). I can't find your particular situation documented (though my Google skills might not be honing in on the right areas). I did find plenty available on dual booting XP and Ubuntu, but in the 2005-2006 date range. You might want to compare your process to these links and see if there are any "gotchas" that you might have missed:

    http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2006/05/08/dual-boot-laptop.html

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=16287

    http://screencasts.ubuntu.com/Installing_Ubuntu_with_Windows_Dual-Boot
     
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