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    Default how to get to login console from grub

    without x or gdm, as i have neither. is this possible? tried adding "3" to boot options for desktop and failsafe to no avail. 11.4 opensuse with gnome 3
    thanks in advance

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    without x or gdm, as i have neither. is this possible? tried adding "3" to boot options for desktop and failsafe to no avail. 11.4 opensuse with gnome 3
    thanks in advance
    So you just installed openSUSE 11.4 and your screen goes blank before you get to login in. Is that correct? Instead of using the option 3, which should send you to the terminal problem, where you could login, why not try the kernel load option of nomodeset? We need to know a little more about the installation, has it even worked and what kind of computer hardware are you using? Is this a dual boot system with Windows and Windows still works OK?

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    i've been using it for a week or two actually but recently changed video cards due to poor legacy ati driver performance. i didn't want to get into too many details as i've been messing with this all day and wouldn't know where to start. the reason i asked that specific question is because i need to install proprietary nvidia driver i downloaded(the correct one this time) but the screen goes black after grub. x was working but i changed xorg config using terminal command found in nvidia settings dialog that basically changed the driver referenced in xorg.conf to nv instead of NVIDIA or the other way around(i don't remember) thinking this would make it to where i would have a console login instead of gdm login because that's what happened last time i tried to reconfig x to use nvidia driver, but it didn't work. now i have neither gdm nor console login and i need console login to install driver. i was wondering if someone new how to use grub commands to get to console login if this is even possible. or another way to get to console login. i've tried nomodeset. i assume it's trying to go into runlevel 5 and i need runlevel 3 as this worked earlier today but i set that from gui. i have a possible hardware workaround but i was trying to avoid that as it complicates matters and i wanted to learn how to get to console login from grub with no x available. tried with live cd but didn't know how to get root control over mounted suse filesystem to change runlevel/xorg.config or anything else. by the way it's a fx 5700le. thanks again

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    On 06/04/2011 06:06 AM, cleatus wrote:
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    > the screen goes black


    see here to smile: http://tinyurl.com/23mgej6

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    thanks i hadn't seen that tutorial. i was using nomodeset on the wrong kernel because yast reconfigured kernels when i changed around some xserver packages earlier in the day and i didn't realize it needed to be the top kernel. seems obvious that it would be but...now maybe i can get to runlevel 3 and get the correct driver installed

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    On 06/04/2011 02:36 PM, cleatus wrote:
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    > thanks i hadn't seen that tutorial. ... ...now maybe i can get
    > to runlevel 3 and get the correct driver installed


    welcome...i think that page either walks you though that, or points to
    another page which will...there is even a "1-Click" somewhere, which
    worked for me (on another machine, with nvidia)

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    For anyone using an nVIDIA video card I suggest loading the driver the hard way and to that end here is some info on doing that. Here is the Link to loading it the hard way:

    SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE

    I happen to have written a bash script useful in loading the driver the hard way you can find here:

    LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3 - Page 2

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    ok...i had my install so screwed up i reinstalled. init 3 does not seem to work at all with my hardware. furthermore i have no console login shutdown option that i can find anywhere. where is it supposed to be?

    does your bash script initiate runlevel 3 or does it work after already in runlevel 3?

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    ok...i had my install so screwed up i reinstalled. init 3 does not seem to work at all with my hardware. furthermore i have no console login shutdown option that i can find anywhere. where is it supposed to be?

    does your bash script initiate runlevel 3 or does it work after already in runlevel 3?
    Here is the actions I take to install the nVIDIA driver the hard way:

    1. Download driver from nVIDIA listed for your video card to your Downloads folder.
    2. Download and install the lnvhw bash script file as described in my message thread.
    3. Restart openSUSE
    4. In the Grub Menu enter just the number 3 and then press the enter key on the standard openSUSE startup line.
    5. Allow the kernel to load and finally when prompted, log in as root with the root password.
    6. Type in the command lnvhw and following the bash file prompts.
    7. As the nVIDIA driver loads, select the correct prompts. I normally load the 32 bit openGL driver as well.
    8. Once loaded I type in the command reboot.

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    i appreciate it but unless i'm missing something following your directions assumes i can successfully enter run level 3. alas, i have so far been unsuccessful. any ideas as to why init 3 from root terminal inside gnome or pressing 3 at grub doesn't get me to a console login? or why i don't have a console login option included with shutdown options either within gnome or at gdm?

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