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Old 06-04-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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I need help removing a startup script

To make a long story short I installed mythTV on my computer, and one of the things it does is set up your computer so when it boots it logs on under a "mythtv" user account, which automatically adds hardware modules once it trys to log in.

In my case these settings are wrong and make the screen turn on and off (as if trying to get the right resolution for my monitor) and i dont know how to break out of it, I tried Ctrl-C but it doesnt seem to want to stop trying to install my capture card with the wrong settings.

1) Is there a 'safe mode' of sorts so I can have it not automatically try and log me on as mythtv so i can edit the file that is trying to do this.

2) Does anyone know what file is used to do this like an autoexec.bat (sorry I am a linux newbie after all, dont know the linux equivelent.)

Thanks ahead of time.
Old 06-04-2004, 07:45 PM   #2
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I'm not familier with mythTV but it sounds to me like Xwindows is misconfigured. I think you need to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/xorg.conf or somesuch. You should be able to stop the screen flashing and get a command prompt where you can login as root if you press ctrl-alt-f6. Then enter init 3 to stop X, then run xf86config. I would hate to have to fix something like this at the command prompt. I like to have at least 2 distros I can boot into so that when I break one I can boot into the other and fix it from there. Good luck
Old 06-05-2004, 03:04 AM   #3
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Hi kennyog,
I think you should try Andrew's guidelines first, I'm posting this just as an alternative. Here you go:
Any linux live cd can mount your partitions and let you edit these files, without needind to deal with these screen problems. If you boot suse live cd, or knoppix, you can use its text editor to edit your config files.
Its just like Andrew said about having two distros, but you can run the alternative from a cd.
Old 06-05-2004, 10:18 PM   #4
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Thats a good idea about running 2 distros, and i'll try configuring X and see what happens. I am also going to try booting off a knoppix CD because the screen is still on crack even when i alt-ctrl-f6

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