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Old 09-29-2003, 03:51 PM   #1
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ctrl+alt+fn problem

X do nothing when presing ctrl+alt+fn - there is no console.
What's the problem ?
Using Slack 9.0
Old 09-29-2003, 04:05 PM   #2
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First, just to cover all the bases:

ctrl-alt-Fn means hold down the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys simultaneously and then press F1,2,3,4,5, or F6 once. (1-6 is usual, but it could be different.)

Don't get offended if you knew that (and I suspect you did). I guarantee, some people don't.

Also, double-check your capslock, numlock, etc.

The next thing to check is /etc/inittab

It should have several lines that look something like this:
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
(mingetty is the program on my Red Hat 9 system. There are a dozen different flavors of "getty". Any of them should be ok, so don't be too surprised if you see "getty", "agetty" or something like that.)

If these are missing, you won't have any virtual consoles. If they're not set to "respawn", you could use each one once, and then it would be gone forever.

I haven't run Slackware in quite a while, but I'd be very surprised if these lines were missing.

Next, run "ps -ef | grep getty". If you have several of them running, and capslock and so forth are off, I'm stumped. You might want to bounce your X server, in case it's gone slightly psycho. Beyond that, I'm out of ideas.

If you don't have any gettys running, and inittab does say "respawn" (which it's almost certain to do), then there's something wrong with your getty. Run (at a command line) "/sbin/mingetty tty4" and look for error messages. If you don't get any, try Ctrl-Alt-F4 and see if it lets you in.

One last thought -- have you loaded any unusual keymaps? It would be a very unusual one that change the Ctrl-Alt-Fn keys, but it's the only other answer I can think of.

Good luck,

Old 09-29-2003, 04:18 PM   #3
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Hmm, everything is OK. I have 6 consoles working .
Inittab is ok. Getty is ok. My xf86config is ok (supporting this option). But still no result in ctrl+alt+fn.

Thank you anyway
Old 09-30-2003, 12:29 AM   #4
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If you're at runlevel 4, you should have no text consoles.
Old 09-30-2003, 06:02 AM   #5
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No I am on runlevel 3. I start X by "startx"


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