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Thread: Booting into character mode

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    Booting into character mode

    My notebook computer frequently boots into character mode. Makes me nostalgic for the TRS-80 and CPM, but it's also annoying.
    I have to reboot several times: sometimes cleanly..by pushing the power button and letting it shut down normally, or holding the power button down for 6 seconds and forcing a brutal shut down. After about 3 iterations, it will come up in graphic mode and all is well.
    any way to make it consistent?

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    Re: Booting into character mode

    You need to investigate the causative failiure. Next time you end up in text mode, hit ctrl+alt+F8. That should show you some of the messages from the boot process. If you don't see anything there, check the logs for error messages.

    Maybe try,
    Code:
    cat /var/log/messages | grep error
    There might be a more appropriate log to check I don't know.

    Another thing to try after logging in in text mode (instead of rebooting) would be
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start && startx
    that latter command should start gdm and xorg, or at least offer some helpful failiure messages.

    I'm thinking it could be a hardware problem.

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    Re: Booting into character mode

    it doesn't show any error messages when I press that combination, but the boot process is random as ever.
    May just be a quirk of this machine....

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