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Old 09-04-2005, 12:25 AM   #1
Mr Pleb Mgoo
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Unhappy Run Level 3 Problems


Before I start explaining my problem I'd just like to say hello to all you people here, and what a.. well, "different" Operating System Linux really is compared to windows.

Now onto the problem, I'm having trouble installing NVIDIA video drivers, the reason being that whenever I go into run level 3 it says the following:
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pcmcia [OK]
anacronda [OK]
Then nothing happens, it stops loading. This is the weird bit, the only way I can type is if I move the mouse around really fast while pressing keys on the keyboard. After trying to use this method to type in the commands to start the installer, I realised it wouldn't work, because the operating system hadn't finished loading up. I can however reboot using Alt+Ctrl+Del , and it shows all the terminate stuff, TERM signals, etc and boots up perfectly fine into Run Level 5.

I'm using Fedora Core 4 and just updated everything but kernel and kernel-spm today through the updater thing.

EDIT: I can post other information, but I'll need instructions on how to get it.
I also need to know where to get kernel-source-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 , it is unrelated to this problem (I think), but I do need it for NTFS stuff.

Last edited by Mr Pleb Mgoo; 09-04-2005 at 12:31 AM.
 
Old 09-04-2005, 03:58 AM   #2
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You want to have a look at the personal install of FC4 at www.mjmwired.net
... answers all your questions, and tells you much more.
 
Old 09-04-2005, 12:53 PM   #3
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how very odd, I am sure the previous post will solve your problem. BUT to save you time just make sure your not making a silly mistake. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (when you hit your pcmcia [OK] anacronda [OK] dead screen), may need double tap of F1.

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Old 09-06-2005, 06:27 AM   #4
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I've found a way around the problem, which is to edit the 2nd bootline in GRUB (just add a 3 on the end). It boots into run level 3 without crashing, but I still can not telinit 3 from run level 5, but this isn't a problem for me . And er, if anyone knows, is "exploding" the source tree from the kernel the same as getting kernel-sourcex.y.z. , because I have found it impossible to find kernel-source-2.6.12-1447-i386_FC4.rpm ;( . (I've updated kernel's since posting).
 
Old 09-07-2005, 08:12 PM   #5
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Mr Pleb Mgoo: follow the url in post #2 - the FC4 setup there includes well explained instructions on (amongst many other things of extreme usefullness) installing the kernel source.

In the unlikely event that you have trouble with that, give us a yell
 
Old 09-08-2005, 02:42 PM   #6
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I was just about to post the exact same question but found this thread.
Ctrl-Alt-F1 did the trick. I did not see that mentioned in the fedora install guide. Is it one of those -it goes without saying- things?
 
Old 09-09-2005, 05:42 AM   #7
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Yer sorry about that, I posted that last answer without even reading the website, very helpful though, my NVIDIA drivers are now working, now only to get Wine working, and an ALSA Equalizer.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 11:22 PM   #8
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Wine is beta code - do not expect much from it.
(There's an interesting race going on there - will wine become more universally useful before it becomes obsolete?)

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/351373
... about equalisers for alsa

I have to admit I didn't know about ctrl-alt-F1 neither.
However - this sort of thing is a bit like ctrl-alt-backspace to restart X and ctrl-alt-del to shut down now ... and their variations, are things you pick up when you get about enough.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 06:21 AM   #9
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Yeah, I've already given up on Wine, Cedega, etc but hopefully I can get an ALSA equalizer going .
 
Old 09-10-2005, 07:06 PM   #10
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Oh I don't know - I've got a few things going under wine. It's just nothing I don't have a duplicate for.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 09:31 PM   #11
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I encountered this issue on FC4 too. And fortunately, I found a means to resolve it and users needn't to set the bootup model to level 3.

I think the root cause of this issue is the resolution of text mode. The resolution is too low that the content cannot to be displayed. So, I modified the content of file "grub.conf" under "etc" folder. What I did is add "vga=0x317" to the end of the "kernel" line of "grub.conf" to set 1024x768 resolution for the text mode. After rebooting the system, everything is ok.
 
  


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