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Old 09-06-2003, 07:23 PM   #1
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Booting up in X server... how do I disable it or fall back to console mode?

I'm running Corel Linux OS and RedHat 7... both boot into x... how do I exit into prompt mode again? Or how do I disable it?
Old 09-06-2003, 07:35 PM   #2
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In Slackware you would edit /etc/inittab to change the runlevel from 4 to 3:


I'm not sure if it's the same with Corel and RedHat, but this might get you going in the right direction!
Old 09-06-2003, 08:17 PM   #3
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It defaults to "5" for X in RedHat, but basically the same effect. Change it to "3" and you're in business.
Old 09-06-2003, 08:23 PM   #4
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the above commands will disable x from running each time you start your computer

to get into a prompt, without even having to shutdown x, hit ctrl alt F1 (u can use F1-F6 to get into the several prompts, then to quickly get back into x, hit ctrl alt F7 (u can use F7-F12 depending on how many x servers you've got running)

once u get into that prompt, u can kill all the x servers completely and get into runlevel 3 without restarting by doing telinit 3; telinit 5 will restart x


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