There is a bit better procedure. Do it this way:
1. At the update screen, hit TAB-444 as usual.
2. At the root prompt, do cat /etc/shadow as suggested above. HOWEVER, instead of copying the encrypted root password, look at your userid, which should be something like u01234. Letter u followed by five digits.
3. Next time, power up, get the root prompt and type /app/stop-apps. That will get you a login: prompt. Log in as u01234 or whatever you got from step 2 above. Use this password for it:
Now you should be in. Netpliance has not changed that password. It SEEMS to have root privileges, but you can also do this if you need to:
In the editor, using the arrow keys position the cursor over the little x following root, ie, like this:
at that point, hit the letter x in your keyboard and it will erase the letter under the cursor, this is standard for vi. Your line will now look like this:
Now, save it like this:
This is not quite the way to do it in regular vi, but it is the write and quit procedure that works with the iopener. Notice that on the next reboot, the change to /etc/passwd will be lost, but it will work for the time being. Now at this point you can logout and login again as root. As I recall, when you
login as root it will not even prompt you for a password, but if I am wrong, just hit the enter key at the password prompt and you are in.
Now do the acer123 hacks.
In order for the acer123 hacks to work you must have logged in to netpliance once and let it do its updates. This is risky, but is the only procedure that allows the built in web browser to work so far until someoned discovers the magic key.