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I have installed debian linux 3.0r2 (with kernel 2.2) and running on dual boot with windows 2000. Everything was fine, and the linux boots directly to X window. And I could come back to console window by Ctrl+Alt+F1,2, or so. I can stop the gdm by /etc/init.d/gdm stop .
Recently I updated the kernel by apt-get and used bunzip to unzip the *.tar.bz2 files, and thenconfigured the kernel, etc. and got the new kernel running.
Now the problem is whenever linux boots, it goes to X session and I couldnt get back to console window even by Ctrl+Backspace, or Ctrl+Alt+F1, or /etc/init.d/gdm stop, or editing /etc/inittab default option 5 to 3. nothing works. I dont know whats wrong with the system.
I didnt remove or uninstall the old kernel. But when I issue, uname -r it shows that I am having the new kernel, 2.4.24.
I will be very glad to receive any help from you guys.
That's quite a weird problem. Do you use a framebuffer console with high resolution in text mode? Some framebuffer drivers behave badly in some kernel versions, like the neomagic one (which is broken in the 2.6 series kernels).
I would like to restate the problem. I had an intel 845G chipset that doesnt work well with the xfree864.0 that came with the stable version of debian 3.0 r2. Initially X doesnt start, gave some error while booting.
But then after several tries I somehow figured out that it works for 8 bits color. (I use a monitor 19" Silicon Graphics, 30-82 KHz (H), 50-150 Hz (V), running 1024 x 768 pixels at 16 bits for windows 2000). Only problem working with the 8 bits was after you had quit to console window, you cannot come back, you got to reboot. Also if you use Ctrl+backspace, the screen will go black and you have to use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to comeback to console window. (you can read directly the 4th point now, if you feel i am doing right.)
After reading reviews about fixing intel related problems, I was required to update the kernel to atleast 2.4.11 or later, and xfree86 to 4.2 or later. So I updated both of them. Things I did when I updated kernel were
1) I used apt-get to update packages with sources.list containing one of the backports.
2) specified kernel-source-2.4.24-1-k7 i686, and got *.tar.bz2 in /etc/src folder, and then used bunzip to extract them , and then configured them using make menuconfig, and then make dep.
3) Then I rebooted (directly went to X window) and checked the version I am running, using uname -r, got 2.4.24 and everything was fine.
4) The usual keys Ctrl+Alt+F1 gives me a blank screen and nothing seems to come after.
5) I tried Ctrl+backspace, Ctrl+Alt+F1, Alt+F1, combinations. Also I edited the /etc/inittab default option from 5 to 3. no success.
6) Ctrl+Alt+ (+ or _) when inside the X window works good.
I need some help from you guys, to set this thing right. I want to get back to console window somehow after starting so I can follow the guidelines given by Intel to make my X window work better.
You want me to reduce the framebuffer resolution? I will try this evening.
The reason I posted a restated problem was to inform you exactly what I am doing.
2) I edited /etc/inittab file (made the default into 3 from 5).
3) run telinit 3
4) Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot to only see the same X window again.
I am new to Linux and I was very much attracted to Debian from reading the reviews online and started downloading it. Had some rough time to install but I went through online help whenever I needed and I always succeeded in finding some help that pertained to the problems I faced.
Many Thanks to all those who write these reviews and tutorials. I would not have learnt this much if I had some other graphics card that wouldhave allowed me to have a nice X window.
There is no apt-pkg reconfigure gdm. But there is a dpkg-reconfigure gdm but that only asks us which one we want to start default.
I got the solution. As hw-tph said, I tried to reduce the resolution, and then did the same thing, like Ctrl+Alt+F1, it worked well and I could shift to the console mode.
But to my bad luck, I could only find that the intel driver support for the 845G chipsets were provided only for specific distributions like redhat several versions and SuSe several versions. No other distribution were supported for X window.