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I am an absolute newbie when it comes to linux and/or unix, so please forgive for the noobness
I had a quick question. Just installed Debian on my computer, but whenever i start the computer it takes me to the GUI login manager. Well, i don't want any GUI when i start my linux box, i want it to boot into the login prompt. I have read a little bit & i gather that i will have to change the "inittab" file I would have to change the default runlevel but what i want to know is what runlevel do i change it to so that i boot into the logon prompt.
Originally posted by darkmagic Why only delete or rename the gdm script in /etc/init.d, why not any others ?
I told ya i am an absolute newbie, thanks for the advise though
Not in /etc/init.d in /etc/rc2.d is where you would remove/rename the script. The reason you do this is if link is not there then GDM/X will not be started when using the default runlevel which is 2. Oh and it is only 2-5 that are configured identically 1 is for single user/rescue mode and 6 is shutdown. Once you delete the link you will have to use startx at the command prompt to get X/GDM to start. Also I notice you do not say which graphical display manager you are using so you may have to delete/rename eith KDM, GDM, XDM or WDM depending on which you are using just look for the ones with S99 in front of them like here.
Wow, perfect, i was able to boot onto the login prompt just by changing the
/etc/rc2.d entry poiting to the gdm login manager.
Thanx a ton people.
But i still have a question.
Since for browsing the internet i need to use the browser, & for doing that i need to start one of the graphical interfaces. When i started gdm as i normally get its resolution is stuck at 640x480. When i try to change the resolution it does not even gives me an option for higher resolution.
I guess that's because i have not installed the drivers for my video card, & its using some generic drivers for creating the graphics, but then how do i install the drivers for my graphics card on linux, although i still have the graphics card CD with me.
Maybe I missed something, but why not simply remove GDM if you're not using it? "apt-get remove gdm" or "apt-get --purge remove gdm" to remove it and its config files as well.
Alternatively, if for some reason you want gdm to exist on your hard drive but you don't want it to start up with the computer, you can go to the file "/etc/X11/default-display-manager" and simply make the contents of the file blank (there should just be one line there: "/usr/bin/gdm" - just remove that line, save the file as blank).
With the above 2 ways, you don't need to delete symlinks / files any packages created, or change any lines in Debian's scripts.
If you change a script that came with your system (or is part of a package you installed), then every time you upgrade the package that contains the script, Debian won't know what to do and will ask for user intervention - "user changes detected - would you like to install the maintainer's version, or keep your own?" etc. If you install the maintainer's version, then you lose your changes to the script, and if you keep your version, you lose whatever the Debian maintainer improved in that script for the new version.
Originally posted by darkmagic Is there no solution to this graphics driver problem, if yes what is the solution please ?
You would need to change the refresh rates for your monitor in the X config file if using xfree86 use as root dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 if xorg then dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg choose the advanced option when asked. Now you should have already searched on refresh rates and your monitor name/model on google to find the proper ones or if you have the book that came with it they should be there in it. When asked for them during the reconfigure enter them in the dialog now when asked choose higher resolutions eg 1024x768, 800x600 in that dialog you should check in the search/documentation you have for the highest your monitor will support. Now when you start the X server it should use the highest resolution you have entered that your monitor will support. If this does not do it for you can you post your X config file (/etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/xorg.conf) and the log file (/var/log/XFree86.0.log or /var/log/Xorg.0.log) so we can see what is being used and what the sever says it is doing.
The file /etc/X1/XF86Config-4 ( or XF86Config) can help you improve theYT
screen resolution . Take the file in an editor and modify the entries
related to default color depth and modes in the section Screen . It may look like this ..