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Old 04-07-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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How do I get to a text at boot?


My machine automatically boots into a log in screen that is graphical. However, since I have a new monitor, the sync is out of range. I think I need to run XF86Config, however, since I can't log in since the graphical log in screen that used to show up won't any more (since the sync is out of range...)

So, if I could log into a simple command line window instead of getting to the more complicated graphical log in screen, I think this could work (Do I have the wrong idea here?) But I don't know how to get there. I amguessing that if I hit some control key during boot, or something like that, I could do it, but I don't know how.

Old 04-07-2004, 07:31 PM   #2
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First of all , what distro are you using?
does it revert to a CLI after the screen goes blank?
if not hit cntl+alt+backspace to kill the x server.
now you should be at a command line. as root, vi /etc/inittab
most distros use 3 as the mode for booting intoa cli. just read the options and set the runlevel to the correct one.
good luck
Old 04-07-2004, 07:46 PM   #3
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"So, if I could log into a simple command line window instead of getting to the more complicated graphical log in screen, I think this could work"

Right. When you get to the GUI login hit the three finger command:
<Ctrl> <Alt> <F3>
to go to a command line login screen.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 04-08-2004, 03:58 PM   #4
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edit the /etc/inittab file and look for


change it to


That will give you a text login and then you can use 'startx' to start your GUI


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