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Old 10-02-2003, 07:30 PM   #1
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How to boot into console (text) mode?

Does any one know how to boot into console (text) mode for Redhat 9? After changing my display setting, my Redhat 9 won't boot into graphical mode after starting all services. If I can boot into console, I then can modify the XF86Config file and restore its original setting.

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Old 10-02-2003, 07:39 PM   #2
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Your system is probably booting, but you just can't see anything. Have you tried "CTRL+ALT+F1" to get to a console you think its stopped booting?

Or you could go into single user mode using grub like this....

If you are using GRUB, use the following steps to boot into single-user mode:

1. If you have a GRUB password configured, type p and enter the password.

2. Select Red Hat Linux with the version of the kernel that you wish to boot and type e for edit. You will be presented with a list of items in the configuration file for the title you just selected.

3. Select the line that starts with kernel and type e to edit the line.

4. Go to the end of the line and type single as a separate word (press the [Spacebar] and then type single). Press [Enter] to exit edit mode.

5. Back at the GRUB screen, type b to boot into single user mode.

That's from the Red Hat documentation.

Old 10-02-2003, 07:45 PM   #3
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change your runlevel on startup to a runlevel other than 5 probably 2 or 3 it should take you out of the graphical mode


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