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Old 09-22-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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keyboard and desktop manager problems

Hi! I'm completely new to linux, and I have some issues, so, if you could help me, I would really appreciate it...
Firstly, I've installed Debian and the boot takes me directly to the desktop manager (where I can choose between Gnome and KDE). How can I change it so it doesn't start the Xserver automatically, only when i choose so?
Secondly, I speak Portuguese and use an international keyboard (standard - 104 keys), while my Debian system was installed in English... However, while both in Gnome and KDE, I can't write, for example "ç" and " ã" . While in Windows that could be solved by setting the keyboard language to portuguese and its layout to international, here I just can't do that, because the brazilian layouts are not the ones my keyboard has and I can find no option to change the language of the keyboard (even changing the core language of KDE, for example, didn't work). However, the keyboard works perfectly outside the windows managers (in the black screen of the "real" terminals, not the ones I can open through the windows manager such as "Gnome terminal".

Thanks a lot
Old 09-22-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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not sure about the keyboard issue, but if you edit /etc/inittab you should see a line that says

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)

and if you change that to


that should boot you to command line instead of graphical.
Old 09-22-2005, 11:16 PM   #3
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For the keyboard in Gnome there's probably a listing in the menu for setting keyboard preferences. In ubuntu it's system>preferences>keyboard, I think it was slightly different when I used gnome with Mandriva, so it could be different for you but it would be something similar to that most likely. From there there's a tab for layout, which lets you add different keyboard layouts and set a default.

I don't know enough about KDE to point you towards something specific.
Old 09-23-2005, 07:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for answering!
I'll try the init configuratio, but I've tried the keyboard configuration tools of both Gnome and KDE and they only show me layout options, but that's not enough, since my keyboard does have the international, 104 keys layout listed, it's something to do with the language configuration, I'd guess (as I've explained by what I did in Windows).



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