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Bug 488 - Screen keeps refreshing if Xconfigurator is set to wrong monitor freq.
Summary: Screen keeps refreshing if Xconfigurator is set to wrong monitor freq.
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: Xconfigurator
Version: 5.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1998-12-15 21:25 UTC by isingh
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1998-12-16 17:03:50 UTC

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Description isingh 1998-12-15 21:25:43 UTC
I had installed my Linux 5.1 couple of months back and was
working on it smoothly. I also had Xwindows installed and
console login used to comeup automatically on reboot. But
then yesterday I ran Xconfigurator to set some monitor
and mistakenly set the monitor refresh rates to wrong
Now if I reboot, the console login pops up (not the Xwindows
and then the screen keeps on refreshing not allowing me to
start Xwindows or login.  Cntrl+Alt+Del works which just
the machine. Because I have lot of stuff already on the
hard drive, I can't reinstall Linux because it would
format the drive.

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1998-12-16 17:03:59 UTC
You need to boot the machine into single user mode but typeing at the
lilo prompt

LILO boot: linux single

This will eventually get you to a BASH# prompt where you need to use a
text editor to edit the /etc/inittab file. Change the number 5 to
number 3 in the line


This will allow the system to reboot without trying to run the X
login. Then rerun Xconfigurator to set the monitor to correct
specifications. If you feel everything is again set correctly then you
can change the 3 back to a 5 and reboot the machine.

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