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dhirsolo 08-21-2010 03:32 AM

chvt 8 leads me to blank screen, how can i come back to working terminal?
 
hi

On RHEL 5.0 Server, I used "chvt 3" command to change terminal to 3 and it leads me to terminal number 3, then i issued "chvt 8" (for a try) and it leads me to blank screen and now i am not able to come back to any of the opened terminal, and Ctrl+Alt+Fx combination is not working.

How can i come back , or i have to restart my server.


Thanks

EricTRA 08-21-2010 03:42 AM

Hello,

CTRL ALT F8 through F12 are not linked to a tty terminal as far as I know. So pressing them just will show a black / blank screen with a blinking cursor. If you press ALT F2 you should get a login screen. Normally pressing CTRL ALT F1 through F6 should take you back to a login screen and CTRL ALT F7 should take you back to graphical login.

Are you saying that neither of the combinations to go back work for you?

Kind regards,

Eric

EricTRA 08-21-2010 03:51 AM

Hi,

Another thing, if you're able to get a login screen with ALT F2 in your 'black' screen you should be able to run
Code:

chvt 1
to jump to your first terminal. I also found this thread that could be helpful, that is if you have X installed.
http://www.debianhelp.org/node/12067

Kind regards,

Eric

dhirsolo 10-19-2010 03:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EricTRA (Post 4073095)
Hi,

Another thing, if you're able to get a login screen with ALT F2 in your 'black' screen you should be able to run
Code:

chvt 1
to jump to your first terminal. I also found this thread that could be helpful, that is if you have X installed.
http://www.debianhelp.org/node/12067

Kind regards,

Eric

Thanks very much for the tip

the combination worked for me is alt+f2, it bring me to terminal from where i issued chvt 8, now i am able to jump to other terminals.

point to mention - left alt+f2 worked but right alt+f2 did noting


Thanks

EricTRA 10-19-2010 11:12 AM

Hi,

Glad you got a solution. The right ALT key you're referring to has a different function I believe, that's why it's noted AltGr or something like that. It's mainly used to type the 'third' value on a key, so yes, it's function is different from the left ALT key.

If you consider your question/problem solved, then please mark it as such using the Thread Tools.

Kind regards,

Eric


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