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Old 12-30-2004, 09:33 PM   #1
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Wow i really messed something up

O crap....ok i was tweaking out my new install--just disabling ipv6 and installing the nvidia driver and such, and i restarted. Now, everything loads fine until i login and then the computer freezes up and my CAPS LOCK and SCROLL LOCK lights start blinking. Does anyone know what I did wrong? How can I fix this?

EDIT: I just turned the power off and tried to restart it again and it froze up even before it got to the gdm.

Last edited by Slayer097; 12-30-2004 at 09:38 PM.
Old 12-30-2004, 09:43 PM   #2
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yo man, that sounds pretty messed up, have you tried reinstalling, I'm new to linux but i had win xp go on me like that once, the only thing that helped was formating the hard drive and reinstalling windows from scratch.
Old 12-30-2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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If you have another computer, try logging in via SSH (hopefully you have it set up) and see if it works. Also, is your login via the GUI or the command line? If the GUI, perhaps something messed up in your window manager configuration or something funny happened with the nvidia drivers. If you can log in remotely (or boot into single user mode successfully), read your system logs in /var/log and look for kernel messages (grep for the string "kernel" in your logs). Hopefully this will at least give you some idea.

I think a reinstall is a bit drastic at this point, but it may come down to that oif things are really b0rked...
Old 12-30-2004, 10:31 PM   #4
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WOW... that is weird
try booting with a knoppix or gentoo cd and chrooting into ur install and compiling a new kernel
Old 12-30-2004, 11:06 PM   #5
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I would reccomend a boot into runlevel 1
at the boot: prompt, simply type
linux 1
This will get you into a CLI
edit your /etc/inittab default runlevel, and set it to 3 (what I mean is, there might be a line like this:
change the 5 to a 3
This should get you to at least a CLI, where we can troubleshot the X issue if there is one.
reply when you've done that or when/if you need help or if it doesnt work


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