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Old 01-13-2004, 08:31 PM   #1
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I did something stupid and need help

I am running dual boot W2K and Redhat 9 with grub.

I got a new monitor and changed my monitor settings in Linux(X11). When I went to login at x11 screen my monitor comes up with a warning saying that the settings are out of range. Its a kds 19 inch CRT. I think I could fix it but the default boot is right into X11 gui. I know that in windows there was the function key you could hit to boot into DOS. Is there a way I can boot to the command line on start up? If anyone can help it would be much appreciated, i dont want to do a reinstall if I dont have to.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-13-2004, 09:40 PM   #2
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You could hit "ctrl + alt + f1" and that will take you to a command line prompt, from there you should be able to log in and edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file
Old 01-13-2004, 10:56 PM   #3
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When the grub page comes up hit e and then go to the line begining with kernel and hit the e again then at the end of the line add init 3 then hit b this will boot into a console with no X, then once you make the changes just use startx to see if the changes work, once you are happy then the next time you reboot it will boot into X.
Old 01-13-2004, 11:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys, its back up and running. Now I just got to setup my Wifi NIC and i'll be set. Wish me luck.


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