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How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

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How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby ninjawarrior » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:18 am

I know this is kind of lame, but I am still kind of a newbie. I have been trying to access or get root privaliges from the terminal, but every time I put in my login password, it comes up with an athentication error. I am trying to access my root files, but my home directory doesn`t seem to be set up right on my terminal. How do I take care of this and how do I get root privaliges from the terminal? My home directory is /home/jondo7/ not the desktop.
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Re: How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby ninjawarrior » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:34 am

The reason I am asking is because, I want root privileges so I can install NVIDIA display drivers on my system. I have successfully done this using the NVIDIA current drivers for Linux, but I want to install their drivers, downloaded from their site. I just want to ask another question: after I get into root do I need to shut down the x-window system first before installing the drivers? Then login again, install the drivers ( sh./NVIDIA(filename)) , then when that is through, get back into the graphical environment? Also, do I need to uninstall the previous display drivers before I install the new drivers? And if so, how do I uninstall them?
I have looked all over this forum and on other forums and from what I gather, this procedure should work with Ubuntu 12.04. And yet from what I have found out on this forum, Ultimate Edition 3.5 is very different in many ways from Ubuntu 12.04. I am currently running Ultimate Edition 3.5, have up graded the kernel, and I want to get the most out of this OS by using the NVIDIA drivers. I also don`t want to have to reinstall the OS again (if I can help it!). I believe I am making real good progress with getting the most out of Ultimate Edition 3.5, but it has been slow and painful at times!
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Re: How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby ninjawarrior » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:23 pm

When I enter /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
it stops at this point and say`s
Starting Timidity++ ALSA MIDI Emulation
then just does nothing. No command prompt or anything. It just sits there. Even if I type something in, it still does nothing. Did I miss something in you above command? Or is this the "terminal" you were talking about? If so why doesn`t it do anything?
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Re: How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby pam » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:29 am

forgot to mention .......you got to change to a tty........do this:
press alt+f1 or alt+f2

....there you have it...
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Re: How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby ninjawarrior » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:36 am

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Re: How do I get root privaliges in the terminal?

Postby pam » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:41 am

<BREW>
thats's what we are here for...............helping You.
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