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Old 05-27-2004, 03:58 PM   #1
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How do I shutdown X?

Hi, I'm trying to install the NVIDIA drivers for my graphics card and I need to shutdown X. I haven't got slightest idea how to do this so could someone please help? Thanks.
Old 05-27-2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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the command init 3 should do it, just press Ctrl - Alt - F2 to get to another terminal and type the command. Ctrl-Alt-Backspace will also stop the x windows system depending on your distro configuration. type startx to start it back up.

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Old 05-27-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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control+alt+backspace will just restart x i think.

just type init 3 in the root console and you will go to runlevel 3 (text mode)

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Old 05-27-2004, 06:48 PM   #4
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This might not be the case. Depending on the system, he may already be in runlevel 3, but may be running X. Gentoo Linux, for instance, only uses 1 default runlevel. If you want to boot into a GUI, you just add gdm to your rc.conf

But anyway, back on target.

If changing runlevels doesnt work...
#> ps auxww | less
(X is running somewhere towards the bottom of the list)
get the PID of the X process
#> kill -9 [insert PID here]
that will definitely kill X
then you can go ahead an sh your nvidia installer
once your nvidia installer is done,
make sure you edit your XF86config so that it loads glx, but you disable dri
change your driver from nv to nvidia
and then finish with
#> opengl-update nvidia
This is how I always set up my nvidia drivers.

Hope it helps =)


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