On a similar note: how can I stop my machine from loading xwindows? I have to install the drivers from a regular shell, but can't stop KDE or GNOME from loading.
In the file /etc/inittab you will find a line like:
# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
edit the line to read id:3:initdefault: and after next reboot the computer will start at a command line interface (CLI).
I just noticed the
part so I should probably elaborate bit more
After you get the driver installed you will need to re-edit the inittab file back to id:5:initdefault: to get a graphical login on boot., if you are OK with any of the CLI text editors it will be easy but if not the best way to go might be a to use the graphical login first to start a session other that Gnome when you log in.
IIRC when i used FC1 there was an option at login to choose another "session" and one of those was a CLI, sorry for the waffle