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Old 11-12-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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can't switch to runlevel 3


Hey Gang. I am using Fedora Core 3 - just installed it. Looks good so far. I've tried to switch to runlevel 3 from X, but I can't do it. I switch to "su" in the console and then type "init 3"

The screen goes black. I hit enter a few times and I see a few lines of text, the last one being "starting anacron"

And that's it, just black screen and no login prompt.

I've never had this problem before. Any ideas? Thanks.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 11:47 PM   #2
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do you want to boot to run level 3 always, if so edit your /etcX11Xf86Config file, or your .bash_profile, change init 5 to init 3. If not you can always use th terminal in the GUI.

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Old 11-12-2004, 11:51 PM   #3
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I'm currently upgrading FC2 toFC3 so...if this doesn't help you,I will look @ it once my upgrade it complete for any errors I may Have and possible solutions.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 02:04 AM   #4
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you are in Alt+Ctrl+F7 screen.
doing init 3 will kill this screen (your X windows)
and you will see a black screen.

the text - mode screens Ctrl+Alt+F1
....................
....................
Ctrl+Alt+F6
will work properly.

if you just want a text - mode screen just do Ctrl+Alt+F1. (no need to go to init 3)
if you want only the texmode (to upload X-windows, to install a driver or something) do init 3 in a console as root
and then press Ctrl+Alt+F1,
or press Ctrl+Alt+F1, login as root and then do init 3.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 08:43 AM   #5
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Thank you - resolved

Perfect Circle,

Thank you for the clarification. It works as you suggested. And you guessed correctly - I did want access to runlevel 3 in order to configure x etc.

I was confused because with the other distros I've used, it is not necessary to use the ctrl alt f1 combo. I used to just hit init 3 and I was at the prompt.

Again - many thanks for the assistance.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 09:35 AM   #6
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just typing "init 3" as root whilst in X used to work in Redhat/Fedora until this release.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 03:48 PM   #7
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The runlevel the machine boots into is decalred in the /etc/inittab file. It is the line that reads initdefault:3 (or something like that.)
I dont' understand how making a change in the X config file would have anything to do with the machine starting up in run level 3.
 
  


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