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Old 11-30-2009, 12:53 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by andygravity View Post
Blast! Went all the way through to the reboot...and here's the blank screen, with blinking cursor. I went in w/ rescue mode, and did an X-configure...the /tmp/root/ showed that it didn't find my Dell monitor, and loaded 'nouveau' for the driver.
Well, nouveau does work for me, but I've got a way older chipset.
There is no /etc/inittab file either!
For what it's worth, here's what I find on my system.
$ locate inittab
And here's what's in the initab file. (F11 and F12 are the same.)
$ cat /etc/inittab                
# inittab is only used by upstart for the default runlevel.
# System initialization is started by /etc/event.d/rcS               
# Individual runlevels are started by /etc/event.d/rc[0-6]           
# Ctrl-Alt-Delete is handled by /etc/event.d/control-alt-delete      
# Terminal gettys (tty[1-6]) are handled by /etc/event.d/tty[1-6] and
# /etc/event.d/serial                                                
# For information on how to write upstart event handlers, or how     
# upstart works, see init(8), initctl(8), and events(5).             
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used are:                          
#   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)                        
#   1 - Single user mode
#   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
#   3 - Full multiuser mode
#   4 - unused
#   5 - X11
#   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
How do I return to the commandline interface?
(so I can change back to RunLevel 3)
Simplest: Just add a " 3" to the kernel line in the grub.conf boot directive. Note that a temporary change may be made using the GRUB "built-in" editor.
I have the nVidia Driver package from there some way to mount a USB drive while in 'rescue' mode?
Hum. Never tried it, but the USB support should be there. Have you tried a mount -t vfat /dev/sdb /mnt to see if it would mount? (From the command line, of course, when you get there.)

Another possibility: Use the nano editor to change /etc/X11/xorg.conf to use the vesa driver instead of the nouveau one. That doesn't get you much functionality, but it should work to give you a non-blank screen.

Note: F12 uses a different boot scheme, and loads the noveau driver before the X-server is started. Unless you recreated the initial RAM disk image without the driver (see the mkinitrd command), you will not be able to load the nVidia driver even if you compile it. The rpm-fusion RPM files take care of the details, and are much easier to use than the nVidia supplied script.


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