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Re: Switching virtual terminals



On Monday 09 June 2008 02:24:12 Ric Moore wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-06-08 at 08:15 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Sunday 08 June 2008 05:09:44 Ric Moore wrote:
> > > On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 14:09 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > > On Saturday 07 June 2008 08:29:12 Jim Dever wrote:
> > > > > g wrote:
> > > > > > Jim Dever wrote:
> > > > > >> Tim wrote:
> > > > > >>> On Fri, 2008-06-06 at 05:11 -0400, Jim Dever wrote:
> > > > > >>>> I just tried it again to make sure.  From an X session
> > > > > >>>> CTRL+ALT+Fn works but from a text console Alt-Fn does nothing.
> > > > > >>>>  It's remains at the same tty I was at when I issued the
> > > > > >>>> CTRL+ALT+Fn from X. Any
> > > > > >
> > > > > > you are saying 'from an x session', then 'from a text console'
> > > > > > and 'same tty'.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > so, 'from an x session to a text console, aka, virtual console,
> > > > > > staying in same tty, aka, same virtual console'.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > correct?
> > > > >
> > > > > Let me try and explain better.  From X:  Alt-CTRL-F1 takes me to a
> > > > > virtual console (tty1).  From X:  Alt-CTRL-F2 takes me to a virtual
> > > > > console (tty2).  But once I'm at a text, virtual console Alt-F1 or
> > > > > Alt-F2 or Alt-F3....  don't do anything.  I remain at the terminal
> > > > > where I came out of X.  And I can't get back into X either.  I'm
> > > > > stumped.
> > > > >
> > > > > >>> I am back on Fedora 9, now, and both ALT+Fn and CTRL+ALT+Fn are
> > > > > >>> working for me, so the problem is probably specific to your
> > > > > >>> setup.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > for me with f8, saa.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >> It's definitely a straight plain vanilla installation.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > as in what type keyboard? 102 -> 110 key? special music / power,
> > > > > > etc? din, pc, usb port?
> > > > >
> > > > > Machine is about a 7 year old Dell with a 110 key PC keyboard. 
> > > > > It's not USB or wireless or anything like that.
> > > >
> > > > FWIW my ~6-year-old Packard Bell laptop has the same problem.  The
> > > > only wayout I can find is to shut down.
> > >
> > > You can't ctrl-alt F7 to get back to X?? Ric
> >
> > Correct.  Ctrl-alt plus some Fx do nothing.  One, I think it's F5,
> > changes the screen resolution.  F7 does nothing.  At this point the only
> > way out is to shut down - it won't even reboot.  If you have any apps
> > open they crash on the way out.
>
> Wow, it must be in the way the key combination works out in the
> resultant ASCII code. I wonder if you switched your keyboard setting to
> US instead of "Hail the Queen" if that would set ctrl-alt-F7 to rights,
> as well as your other keys?? It's a thought. When trouble shooting with
> a shotgun, you gotta hit something! Ric
>
It's not really worth the bother, Ric.  This laptop shouldn't be running a 
modern full-featured distro with kde.  It's 700MHz and 256MB RAM.  I use it 
when I'm due to do something drastic, like installing a new distro on my main 
laptop - which was scheduled for this weekend, and didn't get done.

Once that's done I'm going to try one or two of the mini-distros on this one.

Anne

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