Author Topic: how to unlock if you lost your password?  (Read 10344 times)

joevella

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how to unlock if you lost your password?
« on: 2011.01.20, 15:18:42 »
I actually didn't lose it, but it won't unlock.  this is the same password i always had, and in a new installation of ecs2.0 ga i typed it twice, to set it up, then at boot I can't get into it as it keeps saying the password is wrong.  how can i get around it?  thanks.

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Re: how to unlock if you lost your password?
« Reply #1 on: 2011.01.20, 19:19:53 »
Hi,

is the desktop locked on startup (as you said "boot") or are you able to use the system via the WPS?
(Just to determine the options we have...)

And just a thought: Did you perhaps change keyboard (layout/mapping) or country settings later and the password is simply "misspelled" by this?

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Thomas
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Re: how to unlock if you lost your password?
« Reply #2 on: 2011.01.20, 19:41:38 »
Hi,

I did a quick check.
It seems like the file in question is located on your eCS boot drive in the subdirectory
\home\default\.dssaver   (note the ".")
and is named SSCORE.CFG.

I need just to check if it is THAT simple... ;) will be right back.

Cheers,
Thomas
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Re: how to unlock if you lost your password?
« Reply #3 on: 2011.01.20, 20:00:55 »
Hi,

success!
So basically you only need to set the flags in the config file like this:
(I have only noted the lines that need to be changed)

Enabled = 0
Password_Protected = 0
Use_Current_Security_Password = 0
Password =

The file is
[your-drive]:\home\default\.dssaver\SSCORE.cfg

It requires however the WPS to be (re)started AFTER the change - it does not work "on the fly".
In case your desktop locks up on startup, what you need to do is...

- press Alt-F1 at system boot when there is the "boot blob"
  (the white rectangle in upper-left corner with "OS/2" text)
- this will bring up a text-mode menu
- select "boot to command line" (it's F2 IIRC...)
- in the commandline, enter "TEDIT \home\default\.dssaver\sscore.cfg"
  (or use another text-mode editor instead of TEDIT) to edit the file
- make the changes like mentioned above
- save file, exit editor
- type "EXIT" (and return key) in the command line to reboot the system
- at next bootup, evertyhing should be fine (it will boot "normally" if you don't use Alt-F1 again)

Hope this helps
Thomas

Side-note: If you use TEDIT for the first time it may appear... "strange". A quick guide:
Once it has loaded, press the ESC key (to leave the editor's command line and put the cursor into the text part). Do your changes.
- If you make a mistake and/or mess up something:
  Press F3. It will ask "throw away changes" and you type Y
  If needed, reload the file, do your change
- When ready, press F2 (save), then F3 (quit)
- you're done
« Last Edit: 2011.01.20, 20:04:43 by warpcafe »
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Re: how to unlock if you lost your password?
« Reply #4 on: 2011.01.21, 01:37:27 »
Thank you so much.  This worked great - but I used the ecs boot disk and exit to the system tool, then used the standard graphical editor.  I was SOL before your post - I really appreciate it.

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Re: how to unlock if you lost your password?
« Reply #5 on: 2011.01.21, 12:46:13 »
Hi,

you're welcome! Glad it worked out for you.
(And it was a nice learning for me. Plus we have a new 'how-to' addition. :) )

Cheers,
Thomas
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