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Old 07-19-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
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cant work on terminals even though GUI works just fine!

I have installed Red Hat 10 on my pc.
The graphical user mode works fine but when i login to a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1 it shows error messages as shown below:

[drm:i830_wait_ring] * ERROR * lockup
[drm:i830_wait_ring] * ERROR * space : 131000 wanted 131064

these error messages continue for about 30 seconds
and eventually the system automatically logs out and the login screen appears.
This happens on all the terminals Alt+F2, Alt+F3 etc.
Can someone please help me rectify this problem.
Old 07-20-2004, 03:07 PM   #2
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You start up in graphical mode, correct? And then you want to switch to a text terminal?

I am guessing here.

But, it that is what you want to do (i. e. work in textmode) try this:

Edit /etc/inittab and change the


line to


MAKE SURE YOU CORRECTLY SET IT TO 3. Any other values except 3 or 5 can make your system unusable!


What will now happen is that your system will come up in textmode. At the console login type your username and password as usual, exactly the same like you used for graphical login.

You should now be able to work in text mode to your heart's content. If you want graphical mode again, you should be able to get into it by just typing


Hope this helped!


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