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Old 02-07-2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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Virtual terminal switching?

For some reason I can no longer switch virtual terminals. I have no clue when it stopped working, because I haven't had a need to switch virtual terminals in quite a while. Recently, I was trying out 2.6.2. I am having some trouble getting X working properly with the ATI drivers, and got a blank screen. I tried hitting ctrl+alt+f2 to get to a different virtual terminal, and no luck. So I tried ctrl+alt+backspace to kill off X. Nothing. So I rebooted.

Well, my command prompt came back up, and I tried switching virtual terminals using alt+left, alt+right, alt+f2, etc. Nothing. When I rebooted back into 2.4.21, STILL it was broken. And ctrl+alt+backspace STILL won't get me out of X.

I have never had this problem before, so I have no clue how to fix it. Does anyone have any ideas?
Old 02-07-2004, 03:36 PM   #2
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Do a ps -A and see if you have agetty running on your tty1-6 or whatever. If you don't then you need to.

Typing /sbin/agetty 38400 ttyX linux should get a Terminal running. You probably should have someting in inittab that loads those.
Old 02-07-2004, 04:00 PM   #3
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adam@theoden:~$ ps -A | grep agetty
718 tty2 00:00:00 agetty
719 tty3 00:00:00 agetty
720 tty4 00:00:00 agetty
721 tty5 00:00:00 agetty
722 tty6 00:00:00 agetty

Those are there... inittab is starting them, everything seems fine, except that I cannot switch. I am thinking it is a problem with the keyboard shortcuts themselves, but I do not know how to check that.
Old 02-07-2004, 06:05 PM   #4
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i also have problems with ati drivers and have found my virtual terminals only work properly when openGL is not set. when i get the openGL working, virtual terminals don't work. i wonder if you get the same result?
Old 02-07-2004, 09:30 PM   #5
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Well, I don't have opengl working in 2.6, and the virtual terminals used to work in 2.4 even when I did have opengl working, so it must be something else.


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