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Bug#588119: Cannot login After Install

Package: installation-reports


I just installed Debian 5 (testing) on a laptop, but cannot login as user or root on the first (re)boot.

Although the installation referred to hda1 as the partition on which debian was installed, the only way to get it to boot afterwards was to refer to sda1 (it is an IDE drive, not scsi)

Booting using another os on hda2, I note there is nothing under /home and only a few files under /root - although the installation step to create users/passwords did not report errors.

1. Is it possible to delete certain files to be able to reset the root password? Which ones?
2. What command should I use to (re)create a user from the console prompt?

Note: booted with:

title	debian
root	(hd0,0)
kernel	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-686 root=/dev/sda1
initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-5-686


Package: installation-reports
Boot method: <CD?>
Image version: <40MB CD image>
Date: <21:00 04 July 2010>

Machine: <Toshiba Portege M100>
Processor: <Intel Pentium M 1.2GHz>
Memory: <1GB>
Partitions: <hda1 ext3, hda2 ext2, hda3 swap>

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): <n/a>

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Overall install:        [E]


<See above for error report - suggest that if a user skips the install grub/lilo loader step, the installation routine proposes a grub menu.lst entry to be appended to an existing entry.>

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