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Old 10-09-2009, 07:30 AM   #1
Registered: May 2006
Location: Kuching, Malaysia
Distribution: Debian 2.4 & 2.6
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[Suggestion] Ctrl Alt F1 blank screen

I used to have this problem where all tty1, tty2, tty3, tty4, tty5, tty6 each correspond to Ctl+Alt+F1 ... to Ctl+Alt+F6, they all showed blank screen. I could only access Ctl+Alt+F7 which is my x-windows/gnome GUI.

Recently I had a fresh install of my Debian testing(squeeze). And today while troubleshooting for my hylafax not sending fax, I come across


in which it mentioned

# /sbin/getty invocations for the runlevels.
# The "id" field MUST be the same as the last
# characters of the device (after "tty").
# Format:
# <id>:<runlevels>:<action>:<process>
# Note that on most Debian systems tty7 is used by the X Window System,
# so if you want to add more getty's go ahead but skip tty7 if you run X.
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6

I believe this is where it lays the key to fixing the problem. This is my 2 cents.
Old 10-09-2009, 07:40 AM   #2
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That looks like the standard configuration, though, which generally works (it certainly does on mine). I think your problem might be elsewhere.


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