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Old 09-13-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
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Flashing console at bootup


I'm pretty much a newbie at Linux, but want to get into kernel module programming.

I have recompiled my kernel according to a good guide as a first step (don't have the link here, can't have access to my Linux machine any longer), and now I get a "flashing console" whathever version of the kernel I choose to boot from (the previous one or the newly compiled).

Both are Fedora FC 2 kernel 2.6.x.

More precisely, it looks like my screen in switching between several TTYs after bootup (which seems to go perfectly) and I never get the GNOME login page.

Instead I get the login prompt on the TTY, but I never seem to have the time to type my name and password.

Somehow I have the impression that this is related to the fact that I opened TTY 1 to 6 with CTL-ALT 1-6 in my latest session on the old kernel and came back to GNOME with CTL-ALT-7, not knowing if there was a better way to quit the TTY.

Is there a key combination that I can use to close the TTYs? Any other suggestion?

Thanks in advance.
Old 09-16-2004, 06:39 PM   #2
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Your x-server driver most likely wasn't compiled when you recompiled your kernel. (I'm guessing you have an Nvidia card.) Next time at grub at bootup, hit the edit option and put a '3' at the end of the 'kernel' line, hit enter and boot to that kernel. Once done, you should be able to get to the console. Login as root and install/compile the x-server driver. If it is an Nvidia card, make sure to re-run the Nvidia installer. Note, if you run the Nv installer, the X-server will ONLY load for that kernel. After installing the driver (whichever that might be), run 'init 5' to re-enable the x-server/gnome/etc.

Hope that helps.


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