I have no consoles (Ctrl+Alt+F1 does nothing) ;(

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Thu Jan 18 17:14:59 UTC 2007

Tommy Trussell wrote:

> On 1/18/07, Ben Edwards <funkytwig at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 18/01/07, Brian Fahrlander <brian at fahrlander.net> wrote:
>> > Ben Edwards wrote:
>> > > Wren I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 at the same time nothing happens.  It seems
>> > > my consoles are not running.  Any ideas?
>> >
>> >     USB Keyboard?  That's what does it here, on my machines.  The bios
>> > chooses one socket and needs a certain (perhaps "legacy") mode.
>> Its a Dell Insperon 2650 laptop using its internal keyboard.
> I know nothing about your specific situation (you didn't even state
> which version of Ubuntu you're using), but I had the same problem on
> my Mac PowerBook G3 for the Ubuntu 5.04 and 5.10 releases, but it was
> fixed in Dapper 6.06. I believe the problem was the (then new) xorg
> wasn't passing the keystrokes to invoke the VTs.

hmmm. I'm not sure that's quite the problem - the VTs should be created by
init - but there was definitely a problem with xorg that caused this.
> You might try opening a terminal window and using this command
> sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg


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