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Old 11-04-2003, 02:18 PM   #1
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System hangs on Gnome login screen

First off, i'm very new to linux so maybe there's an easy answer that i don't know about...

i installed debian linux last week. i could get a command line prompt just fine, but it took me a few days to get the xwindows configured properly to work with my somewhat older matrox marvel video card. when i got the magic settings right in the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 program the system immediately tried to run gnome, but hung up on the login screen. no amount of ctl-alt-del or ctl-alt-backspace will get me out of there. the worst part is that now my system is configured to boot automatically into gnome on startup, so i can't get to the command line anymore! i tried to boot from my rescue floppy, but after booting on its kernel, it boots to gnome, too - which promptly locks up. any suggestions/comments? even a command line would be a big improvement at this point! thanks!
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Edit /etc/inittab, change the runlevel line from 5 to 3.
Then check out your system/Xfree logs for errors.
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Yes everything is on must change it from 5 to 3..
Old 11-04-2003, 02:57 PM   #4
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how do i edit that file if i can't get to the command line? my system is automatically booting to gnome, which locks up.
Old 01-19-2004, 10:28 PM   #5
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If you have LILO, it is possible to do the following:

LILO: linux 1

From there, you can vi /etc/inittab


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