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Old 10-19-2004, 04:13 AM   #1
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Need help getting back into x server

Hey Guys I am extremely new to Linux so take it easy on me. Anyways I changed my inittab file so that it boots to multiuser in order to get out of x server and install my nvidia driver. I was unable to do so because i need to edit some stuff in the nividia file i guess. Btw i am using mandrake 10.1. Anyways what i need to know if all the steps using what i have (which is only command prompt now) no gui, so i am lost because i dont know all the commands. If someone could guide me through getting to the file (etc/inittab), opening it and editing the line that i need to edit it(changing the 3 to a 5) would be great. Thanks alot in advanced. Also if someone could point me in the right direction to what i need to do in order to make the nvidia file work with the kernal in mandrake 10.1 that would be great to...make it as simple and detailed as possible because i am probably more new then you have ever seen . Thanks guys.
Old 10-19-2004, 04:39 AM   #2
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firstly... yo get from the comand prompt to the gui and back afaing... hit ctrl + alt + F7 (gui) or ctrl +alt + F1 (command prompt) [ctrl + alt + F1 through to F5 all have seperate command prompts... like virtual desktops ... but older!]

getting yop the file... type
cd /etc/

your now in the /etc (configuration and settings) directory....
to edit the file... type
emacs initab

that should bring up a prity easy to use text editor.

after that my experteese runs out im afraid
Old 10-19-2004, 04:40 AM   #3
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In order to boot to text mode, you edited /etc/inittab, changing id:5:initdefault: to id:3:initdefault:. So now you boot into text mode rather than graphical mode.

To change this back, log in as root, and enter the command "vi /etc/inittab". Press "i" for insert, change the 3 to a 5, and then exit by typing Esc - Shift - ZZ.

Unfortunatly, I don't know about installing nVidia drivers, but try running xf86config as root, which should set up your video card. Then you can type "startx" to get into X.

I hope this helps (And I understood your question)
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i understand what to do and that was perfectly clear but what will the command look like when i use the "i ..." just "i 3 to 5 or what? Or will i know once i try it out?
Old 10-19-2004, 12:05 PM   #5
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i figured it all out


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