F11: CTRL-ALT-F2 not working

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Mon Aug 31 13:17:17 UTC 2009

Alain Spineux wrote:
> Hi
> when pressing CTRL-ALTF-F2 to switch to text console, the screen stay
> in graphic mode, only the mouse cursor disappears.
> I can blindly login, type some command; see the hard disk light blink
> at each command, then go back using ALT-F1 and see I logged in on
> tty2.
> But switching between tty1 an tty2 never change my display.
> I have a Laptop Compaq Evo N610c with a ATI RADEON Mobility M7.
> It was working fine with FC8.
> Any idea?

By any chance are you doing this because your X session has stopped responding? 
The X server may have died, possibly due to driver issues. You don't say what 
release and kernel you run, there have been some recent FC11 upgrades which seem 
to help on other hardware.

You can do a ps command with X working and not working to see if the server has 
died. Someone can probably tell you how to restart it (other than reboot), my 
method makes people cringe and I won't share it, or even admit I do it. :-(

A possibility, since you are inviting guesses by lack of detail in the question.

bill davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
   CTO TMR Associates, Inc

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