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Old 12-12-2010, 04:03 AM   #1
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Ctrl-Alt-Fn keys dont work in vmware

Hi all.

I am using windows XP as my host machine and vmware workstation 6 to install and run RHEL 5. I have set the inittab to runlevel 5. While i am in gnome, i tried pressing

Ctrl-Alt-F3 and nothing happens. I searched the net and found that i should do this

Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F3. It worked and kinda throwed me to shell mode. When i issued runlevel command it showed me

N 5

Now when i tried to go back to gnome by pressing

Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F5 it didnt work !! i tried all other combinations

Ctrl-Alt-Shift-(F1-F5) but no response.

I entered init 5 but no response !!

I am missing something big here i think, kindly guide me
Old 12-12-2010, 07:45 AM   #2
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First, you are misunderstanding what the key sequence does. Ctrl-Alt-F3 does NOT put you in init mode 3, it only opens the TTY3 console. CTRL-ALT-F1 would open the first console. X-Windows and your desktop or gui login page are still running (as are all of the other configured consoles), you just happen not to be looking at (displaying) them at the current time.

How many consoles are available, and thus how you get back to your GUI desktop, is configurable. Not all distributions configure the same by default. I have NEVER seen one that would put the GUI on console 5, though that would not be an unreasonable setup. I would try 6, 7, and 8: I am pretty sure you will find it at one of those. I have once found it on 11, but only once, and that configuration may have been 'adjusted' from the default.

Have fun!
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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Dear Sir,

I pressed Ctrl-Alt-Shift F5 and it took me to shell mode. I tried again all the combinations from F1 to F12 but none took me back to gui.

Can you pls guide me, i am totally lost here
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I found it here

I simply changed capslock with ctrl. Now i am able to switch between modes.

Mission Accomplished :-)
Old 12-12-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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But i am still confused about what is this 6 ttys ? can some one point me to a link which explains it in detail ?

Thanks in advance
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Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding. Sure some may seem beyond a newbie but you must start somewhere;

1. Linux Documentation Project

2. Rute Tutorial & Exposition

3. Linux Command Guide

4. Utimate Linux Newbie Guide

5. LinuxSelfHelp

6. Getting Started with Linux

7. Bash Beginners Guide

8. Bash Reference Manual

9. Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide

10. Linux Home Networking

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!


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