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Yeah, trying to install some NVIDIA drivers. Have the basic idea of how to do that, just sh <filename> -q, yeah? Well, not as simple as that, I guess...tells me ...
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    Can't switch from X to Text (Debian Sarge)


    Yeah, trying to install some NVIDIA drivers. Have the basic idea of how to do that, just sh <filename> -q, yeah? Well, not as simple as that, I guess...tells me that I have to kill X Server before I do it. Well, I can't. Every time I try, GDM (Gnome Display Manager) pops *right* back up. Is there an Init command I'm not using? Even CTRL-ALT-BKSPC doesn't work! ...I'm completely lost, all I want is something higher than 800X600, and 3d/OpenGL, if that's possible. (If it's not, don't tell me - I'll be heartbroken. )

    (Btw - using KDE 3.1.)

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    Your best bet is to go CTRL-ALT-F2.

    Login as root and type this:
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    /etc/init.d/xdm stop
    That should work, but it will kill X. Make sure you close all your apps & save work first.

    Report back if doesn't work.

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    That command will only work on Gentoo-style distros.

    What distro are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javasnob
    That command will only work on Gentoo-style distros.
    Whoops!

    I thought that Debian used the init.d system.

    Debian still uses init.d scripts though : Link.

    I'll need to fire up my debian system to confirm this.

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    Weed, your command does work on Debian systems, assuming you're using xdm as your desktop manager. If using kdm or gdm, simply substituting the appropriate name in the command you gave also works.

    But Javasnob is right to ask what distro is being used; this is one area where they don't all follow the same convention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelmo
    Weed, your command does work on Debian systems, assuming you're using xdm as your desktop manager. If using kdm or gdm, simply substituting the appropriate name in the command you gave also works.
    I thought so. I can remember doing "/etc/init.d/samba restart" on my Debian system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zelmo
    But Javasnob is right to ask what distro is being used; this is one area where they don't all follow the same convention.
    I would like to know which distros do differ from the init.d scripts system. I think the *BSD's follow a different system...don't they? And maybe Slackware?

    I should stop getting off topic.

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