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Old 07-15-2003, 05:59 PM   #1
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how can I stop GUI @ boot?

I changed monitors from a Compaq P900 to a Compaq V75 and now once the login goes GUI, I can't see the screen. I know that the problem is the resolution, the P900 was able to display as resolution that the V75 isn't able to, but how can I fix this?

Is there some key combo at boot time to tell Redhat 9.0 not to switch into GUI mode?



Update... The power of search...

I found a reference to CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE to drop out of the GUI and it looks like it works because I see a text screen for about 1/3 of a second. Does this mean that my text screen is too high also? is there a blind command I can type into the black screen like xconfig /default to restore the defaults?

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Old 07-15-2003, 06:31 PM   #2
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Edit your /etc/inittab

Search for:


and change it to...


That will make your system boot in run lvl 3 (CLI). run lvl 5 is GUI.
Old 07-15-2003, 08:22 PM   #3
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If you are using the GRUB bootloader you can press p key and enter your password for grub. Then go to the kernel you are booting and press e. Then go to the line that starts with kernel /vmlinuz** and press e at the end of the line add init 3 then press enter then press b. This will boot you into init level 3 which is without the gui login.

Then after you fix your settings and reboot and select the kernel you use it will once again start into init level 5 which has the gui login.
Old 07-29-2003, 04:42 PM   #4
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Talking thank you!

this is just what I was looking for on the first try at this stire. What a great one!


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