I've never had to enter a password into the Pi before. It would just boot to the desktop

However, I was following some instructions which told my to type in startx. I typed it in and it went into a login screen. I tried typing in pi for username and raspberry for password and it won't let me in.

I really don't want to have to wipe everything clean. Is there anything I can do?

  • Do a reboot and you'll be fine.
    – nsilent22
    Feb 20, 2016 at 22:11
  • I already did that and it now boots up to a login screen---and it won't let me log in.
    – Eric B
    Feb 21, 2016 at 0:10
  • what "instructions" have you followed , i might be able to figure out what has happend. alternatively, can you type passwdorsudo passwd and change it at the terminal where you type startx ?
    – Alex Waine
    Feb 21, 2016 at 0:12
  • Can you describe the "login screen" in detail? Is it in text mode? Graphical? An what instructions did you follow?
    – techraf
    Feb 21, 2016 at 0:32

2 Answers 2


I had the same problem after I messed up my .xsession-script. Rebooting wouldn't help and username as well as password were correct.

However, you can still access your Pi using SSH (e.g. using Putty on a Windows machine or ssh pi@<yourIPaddress> on Linux/Mac OS X) and then retrace the steps that created that mess in the first place (most likely editing rc.local or /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart in a way, that the command to be executed did not work or finished after a few seconds or is executed in the background).


press Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, Ctrl-Alt-F2 or F3, F4. Ctrl-F2 or F3, F4. If it won't give you the text login prompt - post here, we'll look further. If you'll have a login prompt : login, sudo reboot and use your Pi =)

  • Still didn't let me login. I just reflashed the SD card and started fresh.
    – Eric B
    Feb 23, 2016 at 23:12

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