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Please don't hate me. I must be the only person in the world that can't figure this out.
(Using Fedora Core)
I'm attempting to install the NVidia drivers, and I'll be damned if I can figure out how to shutdown X to shell (Not reboot, not shutdown the computer)
I've googled, I've searched RedHat, and I've searched this forum. All I can come up with are people having problems shutting down, how to shut down the computer, how to reboot the computer, how to get to virtual consoles, and nothing on how to actually shut it down and go to a shell.
well, if you're running X at the moment, it should shut down & go to console by pressing
CTRL + ALT + BACKSCAPE
and if a running X isn't a problem and you'll only need to get to shell, press CTRL+ALT+F2 (or, instead F2, any number from F2 to F6 - F1 is the shell where X usually automatically starts from). but if you're installing drivers, then close X as I told above
press ctrl-alt-F1 (or anything from F2 thru F6). This will get you to a text screen. then do init 3 there. If it hangs, you can get to another text console with ctrl-alt-F2 and see if you can get X back up with init 5. You might also try going to single user mode first with init 1 and then up to init 3.