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[SLUG] Preventing X from starting automatically...
- To: Sydney Linux Users Group <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [SLUG] Preventing X from starting automatically...
- From: Brendan Dacre <brendand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Oct 3 08:07:04 2002
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Genius that I am, I was so sure that I knew this old monitor's refresh
rate that I just went for it during the installation process. Now X
starts automaticatically and, of course, it turned out I was actually a
dunce and now I can't see anything intelligible on the monitor.
I thought I might be able guess the key strokes to use to get back to a
text mode console (I have a Red Hat 7.1 KDE laptop) but it must be
running kdm (I guess) and I specified gdm on this Debian box, because
the keystrokes I entered didn't work.
So, is there any way to alter the run level at boot time? This would
allow me a text login to run xconfig and fix the problem. I pressed
ctrl-X and got some sort of LILO menu (i.e. a BOOT: prompt) but it seems
to only allow me to specify a boot image and no parameters.
Otherwise, what are the gdm keystrokes to return to a text mode console?
Finally, are there keystrokes to (on the fly) change the X resolution to
some sort of safe VGA mode to allow graceful reconfiguration?
I have done this so many times with many operating systems now, you
think I would learn.... :-) (how do you do a rueful smile?)