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Old 09-05-2004, 04:30 AM   #1
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I need to close x server, how?

I need to close x server to install nvidia driver updates, any clue on how to do this
Old 09-05-2004, 05:34 AM   #2
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Go to the first virtual console with Ctrl+Alt+F1. Login as root and type

# init 3

to switch to single user command line mode. Update your driver (as
described in README or somewhere else, I don't know ). Then type

# init 5
Old 09-05-2004, 05:34 AM   #3
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ctrl+alt+backspace. That will shutdown/restart the X server. If you booted into X, then it'll restart, but if you booted into command line, it'll drop you back to it. If you boot into X which i'll assume you do since you're running mandrake, change /etc/inittab line from


there should be a a guide at the top to help you out just in case 5's the wrong number.

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Old 09-05-2004, 05:36 AM   #4
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Press CTRL-ALT-F2, log in as root, then type in /sbin/init 3. That will put you in text mode ready for the nVidia install.

Old 09-05-2004, 08:57 AM   #5
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You don't even need to press ctrl-alt-f2. If you type it in a terminal window (as root) that'll kill your X server just as well.
Old 09-05-2004, 09:06 AM   #6
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su to root inside of X and typing "/sbin/telinit 3" also works.
Old 09-05-2004, 02:06 PM   #7
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Originally posted by MobyTurbo
su to root inside of X and typing "/sbin/telinit 3" also works.
Ok I did that and it brought me to this big terminal, and I need to CD to my home directory but dont know how... I triec cd root/robert/home...didnt work
Old 09-05-2004, 03:32 PM   #8
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If anyone knows how to CD to my home directory after shutting of the x server it would be nice
Old 09-05-2004, 03:38 PM   #9
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If your user name is robert:

cd /home/robert

should do the trick.
Old 09-05-2004, 11:29 PM   #10
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you can just type
and then type
that'll show you that you're at home.
Nice thing about UNIX... they make it easy sometimes for us lazy types :) typing "cd" automagically sends you home, like clickin your red shoe heels three times :))))

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