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Topic # 9677 4-Oct-2006 12:07
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Pressing ctrl-alt - F1 etc does not bring up a bash (infact does not seem to do anything) I need to shutdown Gnome to install the vmware tools. Help!!







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  Reply # 47667 5-Oct-2006 14:59

using a USB keyboard? I've seen some USB keyboards that won't send keycodes when more than two keys are pressed simultaneously.
otherwise the feature could be disabled.

theres a few ways to do this.
at boot specify the text-only multiuser runlevel (usually 3).. on the lilo or grub prompt add "3" to the kernel paramaters
execute 'gdm-stop' or '/etc/init.d/gdm stop' as root from your gnome session (be sure to save your data first)
as root issue the command to switch to the text-only multiuser runlevel: 'init 3' - to go back to the GUI use 'init 5' (you can find out which runlevels your distro uses by looking at /etc/inittab)

go with the last option first, otherwise just use gdm-stop or /etc/init.d/gdm stop




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  Reply # 47669 5-Oct-2006 15:18
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Cheers for that. gdm-stop worked perfectly. Does that shut down gnome nicely or is it forcing it down? If it is forcing it then i will use the init command instead.

It is not a USB keyboard but it is going through a digital serv switch so that may be the issue.







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  Reply # 47682 5-Oct-2006 17:40

gdm-stop, init 3 and init.d scripts will somewhat forcibly end your gnome session but this isn't usually a bad thing unless your writing a book and forget to save :-)




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  Reply # 47749 6-Oct-2006 12:20
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ah huh.. found in the vwware help this snippit

To switch between Linux workspaces in a virtual machine, press Ctrl-Alt-Space, release Space without releasing Ctrl and Alt, then press the function key for the workspace you want to use — for example, F2. If you change your hot key combination to something other than Ctrl-Alt, use that new combination with Space and the function key.

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