Sigh...fubar'd my linux

By MattG ยท 4 replies
Sep 7, 2003
  1. trying to install my sound drivers right.

    I go to the official webiste, get the official drivers for linux.

    Read the readme, and they tell me to put some lines in my Modules.conf file.

    So i do.

    And now, when the system loads(it auto loads GNOME) it wont load it, saying there was an error. And gives me a chance to fix it, so i try to fix it, and it does the same thing.

    now i cant get to that file to delete what i put in!

    I tried a boot leads to the SAME thing.


    How can i get it to NOT load X on startup for just a 1 time thing?

    I need to get to that 1 file to edit it.

    oh, btw when i quit out of that fix X thing, it just leaves me hanging at server messages and i cant do anything.

    Any help would be great. i dont wanna have to reinstall :( again..
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    you can get it not to load X on startup by issuing this command:

    linux 3

    at the boot: prompt if you installed LILO as your boot manager.

    Don't reinstall - that's for cowards.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Failing that, you can boot from the installation CD, get to a rescue command prompt (which will be a small linux install written into RAM only), then issue these commands:

    make a mount point:
    mkdir /mnt/sysimage

    mount your linux partition there
    mount /dev/hda7 /mnt/sysimage

    (where hda7 is your / partition.)

    Now chroot (change root) so that you are using hda7 as your / and not the RAM disk
    chroot /mnt/sysimage

    Now, fix the problem using the pico text editor, or vi or something. Make copies of configuration files before you edit them, in case you have to switch them back.

    now type



    until machine reboots.
  4. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    First part didnt work.

    Second worked like you said it would.

    Thanks alot bro. again :)
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You can also kill X with ctrl+alt+backspace.
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