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I've tried switching to root and running it, and nothing, and "sudo swictchto 1" asks me for a password, but when I type root's password, it just says to "try again", and it doesn't work.. (I use "su" and type root's pass, and it works, so... is it a different pass??? I think I haven't set up any other pass for root than the login one....)
what if you just su, and then use the command switchto?
Also, I found in the man page of XF86Config:
Option N'34'DontVTSwitchN'34' N'34'booleanN'34'
This disallows the use of the Ctrl+Alt+Fn sequence (where Fn refers to one of the numbered function keys). That sequence is normally used to switch to another oqvirtual terminal)cq on operating systems that have this feature. When this option is enabled, that key sequence has no special meaning and is passed to clients. Default: off.
So maybe there is something in your XF86Config XF86Config-4 that disallows swichting to a VT. Look for a line that contains "Don'tVTSwitch". If you find it, just delete it (after backing up your config file, of course). Since the default is off, if this is the cause of the problem, you should be fine again.
I don't have that line either... I've tried "su" first, and then the command, but it says I don't have it... That's why I'm going crazy... I look and I look, and I don't see nowhere a line that suggests this thing is disabled... When I start X, i don't have the numlock led turned on, but the keypad just types numbers, no matter if I press the NumLock key or not (it always stays off, but prints numbers) and I cant use the period (".") of the keypad, as it's like a dead key... it does nothing... I tried looking at Xmodmap or xbd, to see if inside those files I could find a line disabling the Ctrl-Alt-Fn sequence, and mapping all numpad keys to numbers always (and disabling the period-key...), but I haven't found any!!!
hmmmmm. it's really odd. Have you tried using a different desktop environment? Say KDE instead of redhat's version of gnome? Maybe it's not X but one of the DE's since you say at the login screen it's all right (X is already running at that point).
quatsch, I hadn't tried that.... and it worked!! from KDE (I use GNOME) Ctrl-Alt-Fn does work!! So I think I must've messed up with GNOME config files, and that is something I don't know anything about... maybe downloading the latest GNOME and reinstalling will do... Unless you know what files could I check (in my home dir, I've searched all folders and the files they contain, which start with .gnome* (.gnome, .gnome2, .gnome2_private)
If you don't mind reconfiguring Gnome, I think all you need to do is to remove the .gnome* files/directories (or just move them somwhere else). I'm pretty sure next time you start gnome, gnome will recreate them with all the default settings.
I tried what you told me from KDE, and it worked... and somehow, that must've changed something.... and now it works again from GNOME!!!!
I'm still trying to figure out why my Num Lock led is always off, and even though NumLock is activated (I only can use the numpad for numbers), but I can't use the period (which I use a lot to type IP's, and numbers....)