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OK, like a dummy, I went into Xconfigurator to change my video resolution to 1024x768x24. When it didn't test correctly, *I* thought that it was because X was already running, SO... you guessed it: I skipped the test and rebooted. And of course I have it (stupidly) set to go automatically to XWindows, which just gives me a big 'ol black screen. Short of a boot disk (which I don't have, other than the install one), is there another way to FORCE it to boot to text mode rather than X?
kris: Yep. Using the graphical lilo. Get a nifty Red Hat graphic, and my two boot options in HUGE type at the right. How do I choose failsafe mode? That's not on the list.
I MAY be able to get to the /etc/inittab using the boot disk (turns out with 7.1, you can once again use the install disk as a rescue disk... thank goodness) and editing the file.
mcleodnine: Yep, that's what *I* thought, but for some reason, that isn't getting me out. What happens is that the system beeps, the monitor goes off, and the system is apparently locked. NOT a good situation.
Anyway, thanks for the help. I will try these suggestions!
At the big ole Red Hat boot prompt press 'ctrl+x' this should give you the plain old lilo prompt. From there you can type 'linux single' this will drop you into a shell, from there you can edit the '/etc/inittab' file.