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Old 12-09-2002, 08:09 PM   #1
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booting in text

Okay, so no one answered my previous post (sorry if it made no sense, or the problem wasnt normal); i've decided to start from scratch following what some others have done here.

1). start in text mode
--hoe do i do this? I tried editing the command line after the
prompt with init=3 and init=single but it causes a kernel

2). once something right actually happens and im in text mode, I
run XConfigurator and try to get everything installed proper?
The frustrating thing is, during install it detected everything and when running the x test, it looks fine, but as soon as i click on something it freezes again.

Help help help, I don't want to give up
Old 12-10-2002, 04:33 AM   #2
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edit /etc/inittab and set this:


This sets your system to start in multi-user text mode. If you referring to the grub menu parameter passing, it should be only "3" or "1" (no quotes). forex, if you are in the grub CLI:

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=/dev/Volume00/LogVol00 3

will set you to start in multi-user text mode.

Xconfigurator is no longer part of RHL 8.0. The x configuration tool is this:


Of course you could still use the xf86config command but its hard to understand if your not familiar with the options to use.
Old 12-10-2002, 09:34 AM   #3
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that got me into text mode, and i ran the redhat-config, but when it came up and I clicked a few buttons the screen/keyboard locked up. Could this be a bad hard drive? or is still something with the vid card? (plz see other posts)


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