How to boot without X Windows?

Dhananjoy Chowdhury dhananjoy at
Thu Apr 22 06:58:55 UTC 2004

What Elvio has suggested is cool but i would like to add to get back
your Xwindows...  
as u boot your system in init 3 mode ...
run the command "redhat-config-xfree86"  this will take a default
display card and may run ur Xwindows... 

On Thu, 2004-04-22 at 11:45, Elvio Caruana wrote:

> Charles,
> When X starts and fails, press CRTL+ALT+F1 to go to console mode.
> Log in as root, then edit /etc/inittab with your favourite editor.
> Find the line 
> id:5:initdefault:
> and change it to
> id:3:initdefault:
> and reboot.
> You probably didn't know that you can go to a console by CTL+ALT+F[1-6] 
> .. and that will solve you many problems.
> On Thu, 2004-04-22 at 06:11, Charles Landau wrote:
> > I'm trying to install Fedora Core 1 on an off-brand PC. (It's a 
> > "Great Quality PC" from Fry's Electronics.) Apparently the 
> > installation process mis-identifies my video hardware, because as 
> > soon as it tries to start X Windows, the screen goes blank (or, if I 
> > connect a more intelligent monitor, it says "Input signal out of 
> > range").
> > 
> > By the way, the video hardware is on the motherboard, which is an 
> > Elitegroup L7VMM3. The documentation provided is sketchy, but the 
> > computer came with Lindows 4.5 installed; it was using a "savage" 
> > video driver for X Windows and works fine.
> > 
> > I'm thinking that if I could boot Fedora without having it start X 
> > Windows, I could run enough to explore the X configuration and 
> > experiment with changing it to try to get it to work with my 
> > hardware. I'm hoping there's a generic video driver that will work 
> > OK. (I don't care about the video hardware's fancy 2D and 3D 
> > graphics.) So how do I keep X Windows from starting? I can *install* 
> > in text mode, but I don't know how to stay in text mode when booting.

dhananjoy chowdhury

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