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Re: Switching virtual terminals

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'.

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

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

Well you won't believe this but I found the problem. This keyboard has ALT keys on both sides of the space bar. The one on the left works fine. Switches terminals and even takes me back to X. The ALT key on the right does nothing. How's that for strange!

Thanks for all your help!


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