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This problem should have absolutely NOTHING to do with the root account, and I suspect the problem has been made worse by using "root" when it was unneeded.

First thing: you should have been using the admin account all along. It's your computer, isn't it? Who else should be admin?

I've never understood why people sometimes choose to restrict THEMSELVES to a standard-user account -- there's no viruses for the Mac and no hackers are going to take over your machine, so there's no reason NOT to be admin.

Okay, rant over. Anyway, you need to reboot from the system DVDs, select your language, then go to the menubar and choose Password Utility and reset the password for the ADMIN account per these instructions:

Mac OS X: Changing or resetting an account password
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