Versione italiana: Recuperare la password dimenticata sull’Eee PC (Xandros)
Have you lost your Asus Eee PC password, after the activation of the password request? If so, this situation should be familiar to you:
Don’t worry: you can reset the password, setting a new one without resetting your Eee PC with the built-in “Restore Factory Settings“… and without losing your precious data!
To remove the password request (in order to be able to do the login again) you have to delete a configuration file… so, you’ll need to access the file system. You can do this entering the single user mode.
Turn on your Eee PC; as soon as the first screen appears (the one with the “Press F2 to run setup” request)…
… press and keep pressed the F9 key, until the Grub main screen will appear. Now, you have 3 options:
Select (using the arrow keys) Perform Disk Scan and press the “e” key, to edit the line. Now select the second line (the one that begins with “kernel”), and press “e” again.
The cursor will blink at the end of the line. As the article How to Create a Rescue Mode for an Asus Eee PC says, to enter the single user mode you have to replace the string
Press enter, then press the “b” key to boot single user mode.
Now you’ll enter BusyBox, a small Linux-based system, with an ash shell. With this shell, you’ll delete the configuration file /home/user/.AsusLauncher/requireLogin: this way, you’ll remove the login password request!
Execute the following commands:
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt-user/
mknod /dev/sdb b 8 16
mknod /dev/sdb1 b 8 17
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt-user/
Press return to reboot and to enter your Eee PC without the login request!
Now you’re able to read and edit your files, but you can’t administrate your Eee PC: you have to set a new password.
Open the terminal (with CTRL+ALT+T). To set a new user password type:
sudo passwd user
Press enter and type the new password.
Do the same for the root password, typing
As promised, you’re playing again with your Eee PC without a data loss!