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Old 09-24-2004, 10:04 PM   #1
tsalem
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Boot without X Server using LILO-GUI on MDK 10


I'm running a dual-boot system (Win XP Pro, Mandrake 10), and I use LILO (graphical) as my bootloader. I want to install nvidia drivers for my Geforce 2 MX, so I can run some games. When I follow the instructions, it says I need to boot without starting the X Server, but I do not know how to do this. Is there a way I can add a LILO option to boot without starting the X Server?

The only options I have on LILO right now are Mandrake and Windows.

 
Old 09-24-2004, 10:09 PM   #2
d0odman
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inittab

Look inside the file inittab. The default location is /etc/inittab

Edit that file. It should be well documented. Change the default runlevel to 2 or 3, whichever one the file says is multiuser mode. Reboot, and you should be good.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 10:18 PM   #3
tsalem
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How would I edit this file to let me back into level 5 once I'm done? I'd be limited to a terminal, I'd imagine, and I don't know how to edit files through it.

Thanks for the reply.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 10:29 PM   #4
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pico is your friend

I don't care what people say about emacs and vi and all that 'l337' command line editor BS. pico rocks and it's so much more intuitive for someone who's come off a windows system. A good command line mail program is pine, which surprise surprise uses pico as it's editor, instead of that crazy emacs editor elm uses.

But I digress. Use pico, pico is good

Here's a short rundown:

<root shell login here>
pico /etc/inittab
<looking for runlevel line>
<found it>
<insert 5 here>
ctrl-x
Yes to save
<shell prompt here>
reboot

Magical X(G,K)DM login prompt
 
Old 09-25-2004, 01:19 AM   #5
tsalem
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Thanks for your help nvidia drivers installed. I didn't have pico, and stupidly forgot to check before editing inittab and rebooting, but after a bit of playing with vim, I finally got it sorted out.
 
  


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