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  1. #1
    magan63 NNTP User

    Default virtual terminals


    I'm using openSUSE 11.1 with Gnome on Dell Latitude D520. Been using
    Suse and openSUSE for some years now and was always able to get virtual
    terminals with ctrl+alt+F1, ctrl+alt+F2 etc. This doesn't work for me
    with 11.1 though. Is there something I need to do to activate these
    now? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks


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  2. #2
    dwellen NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    I'm having the same issue, even at the login screen.


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  3. #3
    hcvv NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    I do not have 11.1 running myself, but these virtual terminals are run
    by statements in /etc/inittab. You could check if they are there:

    Code:
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    # getty-programs for the normal runlevels
    # <id>:<runlevels>:<action>:<process>
    # The "id" field MUST be the same as the last
    # characters of the device (after "tty").
    1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --noclear tty1
    2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
    3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
    4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
    5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
    6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6
    --------------------


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  4. #4
    magan63 NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    Many thanks hcw for your reply. The lines were there in /etc/inittab :

    # getty-programs for the normal runlevels
    # <id>:<runlevels>:<action>:<process>
    # The "id" field MUST be the same as the last
    # characters of the device (after "tty").
    1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --noclear tty1
    2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
    3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
    4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
    5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
    6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

    But I'm still having the same problem. If you have any further
    thoughts I'd be most grateful.


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  5. #5
    hcvv NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    But do they run? Check with ps.

    Code:
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    ps -ef|grep tty
    root 2992 2958 0 10:04 tty7 00:01:17 /usr/bin/Xorg -br -nolisten tcp :0 vt7 -auth /var/lib/xdm/authdir/authfiles/A:0-7wHvrF
    root 3936 1 0 10:04 tty1 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty --noclear tty1
    root 3937 1 0 10:04 tty2 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty2
    root 3940 1 0 10:04 tty3 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty3
    root 3941 1 0 10:04 tty4 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty4
    root 3942 1 0 10:04 tty5 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty5
    root 3943 1 0 10:04 tty6 00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty6
    root 9963 9936 0 17:30 pts/1 00:00:00 grep tty
    boven:~ #
    --------------------


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  6. #6
    magan63 NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    Thanks hcvv. The processes are running according to ps. Do you think
    it's possible the keyboard shortcuts are to blame, that they've been
    taken up by something else? I can't see anything in the Gnome keyboard
    shortcuts that uses these combinations though and the key combinations
    don't seem to do anything at all.


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  7. #7
    hcvv NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    You got my intention. First I wanted tyo be sure that from the system
    side the config is OK and that the processes are running.

    My conclusion is now the same a yours. The CTRL-ALT-Fx keys are for
    some reason not functioning as desired. Now I am not a Gnome user, so
    helping you from here might be better done by someone else.

    The only thing that comes to my mind now for a test is
    CNTRL-ALT-BackSpace as that should stop your X-session and restart it.

    Also, when you have KDE installed, try running KDE and test it there.
    When you don't have KDE installed it is probably not worth to do the
    installation (however it is very easy) at this moment where we still may
    hope someone sheds light on this from the Gnome side.


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  8. #8
    pitekc NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    I have the same problem - not working ctrl+alt+Fn and ctrl+alt+F1 in
    KDE, nor in Gnome.


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  9. #9
    magan63 NNTP User

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    Now it works!?! I installed KDE 4 and tried it with that. At first
    ctrl+alt+F1-F4 changed the desktop (1-4 respectively) and I couldn't get
    the virtual terminals with any of the normal shortcuts. However this
    morning I booted up into KDE and ctrl+alt+F1 etc gave me the virtual
    terminals! I rebooted into Gnome and the virtual terminals now come up
    as they always did. I have no idea what has happened. I haven't
    installed any updates and haven't done anything as far as I know. If
    anyone is having the same problem try installing KDE 4 (KDE4 Desktop
    Environment and KDE4 Base System in the Patterns section of YaST
    Software Manager. Boot into KDE4 and if it doesn't work reboot into
    KDE4 once more (I can't remember if I did this twice or once). Maybe
    installing KDE4 and booting alters some configuration file somewhere?

    Thanks to hcvv for your replies.


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  10. #10
    solphonic NNTP User

    Default Re: virtual terminals


    I was just about to create a new post for this. I have the same issue
    with KDE4 and I have the latest Beta. Basically ctrl+alt+f1 gets me to
    the framebuffer console vie (I can see all the services started at boot)
    but gives me no login, and the rest (f2-f6) give me a blank screen. I
    can telinit from a konsole shell or use konsole for most things, but
    it's a big problem when something like a nvidia driver upgrade goes
    foul, I can't switch to konsole to fix it. Last time I had to load a
    system rescue cd, mount the partition and change the xorg file
    manually....

    I hope someone can give me a more detailed idea of how to solve it,
    because installing kde4 certainly isn't the answer


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