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ObnoxiousFrog

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Okay I have two questions so I'm going to try to kill two birds with one stone.
I just installed Debian and my screen locks up as soon as it starts to load X. I didn't really wan't X on this system but installed anyway thinking I wasn't going to have a problem with it *this* time (X windows is the only thing I usually know how to fix in debian) Is there anyway I can just boot to a command line and remove X?

::Edit:: I tried my rescue cd but it wants to boot with X.....

Now for the second question:

Is there any distribution of linux that is boot-from-DVD? Like Arkaine's Overclockix, or Knoppix but on DVD?
 
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rogerdugans

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I am not too familiar with Debian- (only installed it once and didn't care for it.)

BUT- pretty much every boot loader I have used for Linux (grub and lilo) allow the use of extra bootup commands and/or parameters.

You may be able to boot into a pure console session that way; try looking up the options for your bootloader, whichever you and Debian use.

As far as the dvd....I do little with dvds, although I have a couple of drives around someplace...
My dvd drives have all been able to boot with cds in them- any reason you can't do that?
 

Arkaine23

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editing the file /etc/inittab and changing then line near the top that defines default runlevel as "5" to "3" will give you a text mode boot.

You should be able to pass options to your bootloader to boot into a "safer mode", usually by pressing F1, you can get a Lilo or Grub prompt.

There is Knoppix on DVD, and probably a few customized spinoffs of it. You could burn an Overclockix iso onto a DVD.
 
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ObnoxiousFrog

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Thanks, thats exactly what I needed. But it didn't work, It seems I can only boot at runlevel 1 and 5 and I'm too new with linux to know what to do with runlevel 1. I'm going to try reinstalling, the sure bet....
 

klingens

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look for file(s) like "S???dm" in any directory under /etc/rc1.d to /etc/rc5.d
Delete all of them. No more display manager on bootup.

defines default runlevel as "5" to "3" will give you a text mode boot.
That's wrong for debian. and btw: default runlevel is 2, not 3
 
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ObnoxiousFrog

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I've never tried it, but can you burn multiple iso's onto one DVD and still have it bootable? I don't think so, but it doesn't hurt to ask...
 

AC Slater

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I don't think you can put multiple images onto a dvd and still have it be bootable, unless there was some funky boot loader that first. I do know that there is a Fedora dvd image at their site. I was going to download it last night but forgot about it. I'll give it a whirl later.
 

MisterEd

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AC Slater said:
I do know that there is a Fedora dvd image at their site. I was going to download it last night but forgot about it. I'll give it a whirl later.
I hope you have a fast connection and can get a good download speed. The Fedora Core 2 DVD ISO image is 4.07 GB! Even at 200KB/s that would take almost 6 hours.
 
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ObnoxiousFrog

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MisterEd said:
I hope you have a fast connection and can get a good download speed. The Fedora Core 2 DVD ISO image is 4.07 GB! Even at 200KB/s that would take almost 6 hours.

I'm patient:)
 

Arkaine23

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runlevel 2 = text mode
runlevel 3 = text mode with networking

Either way you get text mode....