[Solved] No root password, & Nvidia driver won’t install.

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      I’m running AntiX v21.4, fully installed on the hard drive in a Dell Precision M6300 laptop.

      I’m having a problem installing the Nvidia driver.

      Control Centre / Drivers / Nvidia Driver Installer calls up Terminal for its routine. There, it says it’s using su, then asks me for the Root password. BUT, the AntiX 21.4 installation routines didn’t include setting a Root password. I’ve tried entering my user password, and tried entering both “Root” & “root”. None of those works.


      Here’s the output of “inxi -Fxxxrz”:

      Kernel: 5.10.57-antix.1-amd64-smp x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.1
      Desktop: IceWM 2.9.6 vt: 7 dm: N/A
      Distro: antiX-21_x64-full Grup Yorum 31 October 2021
      base: Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
      Type: Portable System: Dell product: Precision M6300 v: N/A
      serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 8 serial: <filter>
      Mobo: Dell model: 0JM680 serial: <filter> BIOS: Dell v: A14
      date: 12/06/2011
      ID-1: BAT0 charge: 65.3 Wh (95.2%) condition: 68.6/73.3 Wh (93.6%)
      volts: 12.5 min: 11.1 model: PS2 DELL 00 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
      status: Charging
      Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 Duo T7250 bits: 64 type: MCP
      arch: Core Merom rev: D cache: L2: 2 MiB
      flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 7978
      Speed: 1967 MHz min/max: 800/2001 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz):
      1: 1967 2: 1486
      Device-1: NVIDIA G84GLM [Quadro FX 1600M] vendor: Dell driver: nouveau
      v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:040d class-ID: 0300
      Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: loaded: modesetting
      unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1400×900~60Hz s-dpi: 96
      OpenGL: renderer: NV84 v: 3.3 Mesa 20.3.5 direct render: Yes
      Device-1: Intel 82801H HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
      v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:284b class-ID: 0403
      Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.57-antix.1-amd64-smp running: yes
      Device-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5756ME Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
      vendor: Dell driver: tg3 v: kernel port: df00 bus-ID: 09:00.0
      chip-ID: 14e4:1674 class-ID: 0200
      IF: eth1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
      Device-2: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
      vendor: Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card driver: wl v: kernel port: df00
      bus-ID: 0c:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:4315 class-ID: 0280
      IF: wlan1 state: down mac: <filter>
      Device-1: Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
      bus-ID: 6-2:2 chip-ID: 413c:8140 class-ID: fe01
      Report: hciconfig ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: down bt-service: running
      rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes address: <filter>
      Local Storage: total: 1.2 TiB used: 6.73 GiB (0.5%)
      ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD3200BPVT-75JJ5T0
      size: 298.09 GiB speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter>
      rev: 1A03 scheme: MBR
      ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Western Digital
      model: WD My Passport 0748 size: 931.48 GiB type: N/A serial: <filter>
      rev: 1019 scheme: MBR
      ID-1: / size: 38.15 GiB used: 6.73 GiB (17.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
      ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 9.77 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
      priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda5
      System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0 C mobo: N/A sodimm: SODIMM C gpu: nouveau
      temp: 70.0 C
      Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0
      Packages: apt: 2022
      Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
      1: deb http://mirrors.rit.edu/mxlinux/mx-packages/antix/bullseye bullseye main nosystemd nonfree
      Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bullseye-backports.list
      1: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye-backports main contrib non-free
      Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
      1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ bullseye-updates main contrib non-free
      Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
      1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ bullseye main contrib non-free
      2: deb http://security.debian.org/ bullseye-security main contrib non-free
      No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list
      Processes: 178 Uptime: 51m wakeups: 2 Memory: 3.84 GiB
      used: 1.22 GiB (31.8%) Init: SysVinit v: 2.96 runlevel: 5 default: 5
      Compilers: gcc: 10.2.1 alt: 10 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.4 running-in: roxterm
      inxi: 3.3.06


        I’ve seen the possibility during installation not to set the root password, if you don’t checkmark to set a root password, but didn’t try it.
        What might works for installing the nvidia-driver is to start the installer from terminal with

        sudo ddm-mx -i nvidia

          Thanks for your help.

          I have a lot of unused space on this hard drive, so I might try a new installation of A214 using some of that space, just to see if the first time around, I missed the checkmark for setting a root password.

          I did as you suggested, starting the Nvidia routine from within Terminal instead of via the Control Centre link – and, it worked.

          I installed the Nvidia drivers from the Debian main repo. There was a conflict during installation, and I was advised the easiest way to fix it was to reboot the machine – which is what I’m going to do in about 2 minutes…
          (I screwed up, not scanning back to discover the name of what was being conflicted.)


            Hopefully it was the regular message about it can’t load nvidia as long the nouveau is loaded and best is to reboot.



              After rebooting, I found the display had reverted to 1920×1200, and the alternate resolutions available in ARandR had all vanished; only the native 1920×1200 remaining. I searched through the menu, but couldn’t find a Nvidia setup link. (In Win10 Pro, Nvidia had a setup routine that provided the alternate 1440×900 display setting.) The only way to regain a 1440×900 display seems to be to revert the Nvidia card to the previous driver.

              I’ll wait a few minutes before doing this, to see if you’re still there, giving you a chance to reply…


                No wait, there must be nvidia-settings in the menu.


                  I went back through the menu a 2nd time, carefully scanning and checking EVERY submenu – and couldn’t find anything including the name “Nvidia”.


                    Did you refresh the menu ? It’s under settings normally, as far as I can recall.
                    In time I have no access to my laptop with the 340.nvidia driver which your card should use.
                    Might nvidia-settings from terminal works.


                      Yes, I refreshed the menu, and that didn’t help.

                      I went & checked the settings menu & submenus a 3rd time – couldn’t find it.

                      I had already tried issuing both “Nvidia-settings” & “nvidia-settings” as commands in Terminal, and it told me command not found both times.


                        is all I can think of


                          Nope. Command not found.

                          It seems like I broke the golden rule, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” ;P


                            I decided to revert the driver. so I issued “sudo ddm-mx -p nvidia” in the Terminal. It worked like a charm. Everything seems to be back the way it was before changing the Nvidia driver, including my assignment of 1440×900 resolution.

                            So ends my little experiment for this evening.


                              What I need to know, at this point is:

                              Is there any way to set the missing Root password, or do I need to reinstall from scratch to accomplish that?


                                Hi scruffyeagle, please try using sudo su

                                If that does not help for the nvidia problem,

                                do sudo passwd root
                                Which should let you set a root password. Tested.


                                  Thank you, Moddit!

                                  That worked like a charm.

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