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I am new to Linux, installed Gnome, and unable to login, as only root is set, and disabled, I think after reading on the Internet.

Now how do i get back to the command line, at least so I can deal with that and fix my issues from there? I am unable to bypass the Gnome login screen.

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Pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 should get you to console TTY. You can login from there, and add a regular user for yourself, etc. If that doesn't work, you'll have to boot in single-user mode. Just follow the steps here and then add user using the syntax below:

useradd -m -s /bin/bash userName
passwd userName

where userName is the name of the user to create. You can then reboot into normal mode if you booted in single-user mode or switch consoles to graphical console by hitting ALT+F7

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You'll need control-alt-F1 to get back to the console. – Shadur Apr 28 '11 at 19:00
@Shadur, duly noted, I was messing with formatting and deleted the beginning of the sentence. I edited the answer to reflect your comment. – dawebber Apr 28 '11 at 20:06
Links about single user mode on this site: How do I run a command as the system administrator (root); more specific Grub instructions, – Gilles Apr 28 '11 at 20:33

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