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Old 04-23-2003, 03:29 AM   #1
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Can't view screen after initial boot.


Hi all,

Long story, using a KVM switch, wanted to offset my video card output and so I made some changes to XF86Config.

After initial boot (from the login screen onwards) my video card output is beyond the range of my monitor. (Yep, I know that I am stoooopid!)

I'm running RH8.0 and am about to leave the realms of newbie but this one is defeating me. How can I boot to a command line?

Whilst I will build RH on another drive this weekend to access the old if necessary, can anyone tell me how to get into a full shell in order to change XF86Config back? RH8 only seems to give me a reduced shell (in recovery mode) with very few commands.

Thanks!
 
Old 04-23-2003, 03:49 AM   #2
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On the lilo prompt add
single
as a parameter to your kernel.


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Old 04-23-2003, 03:54 AM   #3
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Hi Tinkster,

Thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately RH8 defaulted to GRUB as a boot loader which doesn't give me an option to add a switch. There appears to be only full boot or rescue mode.

(I used to use SuSe with LILO. Oh how I wish I had left it alone.....)
 
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After the boot change to the second virtual terminal with <Ctrl><Alt><F2>, login as root and issue the command 'telinit 3', this will sent the box to runlevel 3 (multiuser without x), from there you can edit your X config.
I would advise that you set the runlevel to 3 when you intend to play with your X server settings, you can do this by editing /etc/inittab and changing the default runlevel, you can then login to a text console and do 'startx' to start x, if something goes wrong you will be dumped back at the text console where you can tweak the config untill it works.
 
Old 04-24-2003, 03:35 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

Strange though that the Ctrl-Alt-F2 switch works in SuSe but not Redhat.

I'm still struggling so I am currently moving my RH drives to my SuSe machine so I can mount and fix the problem.....
 
  


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