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Old 09-07-2003, 05:45 PM   #1
morrolan
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Unhappy X Crashing at startup


Hi, I'm a complete newb using Debian, I managed to get everything installed and running (except my mouse - still working on that), but I seem to have done something wrong to the XF86Config file.

Luckily I have a backup of a working copy (good foresight there!) but X runs at start up, and crashes once it loads.

I know how to edit the /etc/inittab to remove xfm from startup, but the simple fact is, I can't get there to do it.

Is there any way to halt the boot process and do a windows like "F8 and choose command prompt" ?

I've tried running the rescue floppy I made, but it loads the kernel from the floppy, and then proceeds to load the settings and stuff from the HDD, resulting in the exact same error.

Please help?


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Old 09-07-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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Lightbulb this will get u up

type xf86config as root
 
Old 09-07-2003, 06:20 PM   #3
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Yeah I know that, the problem is, I can't log in as root.

xfm is starting as part of the startup routine and crashing because of my error.

I know to edit xf86config and run it, but I need root access, and I don't know how to stop the startup process before it launches X and thus crashing.

Thats why I want to know if there is a method of halting during the startup procedure, or doing a step by step confirmation of the startup procedure.


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Old 09-07-2003, 08:00 PM   #4
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As part of the install did you make a rescue disk. If so, boot with it. Then edit the /etc/inittab file
Change the line
id:5:initdefault:
to
id:3:initdefault:
reboot
 
  


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