Problem w/ virtual terminals

Brian McKee brian.mckee at
Thu Feb 28 19:45:00 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:52 AM, geoffrey froner
<geoffrey.froner at> wrote:
> I am still unable to access a virtual terminal from the GUI when I enter
> Ctrl-Alt-F#.  All I get is a blank screen.  I can return to the GUI by
> typing C-A-F7.   I wrote about this already and have tried some of the fixes
> but no luck so far.  I am running 7.10 (Gutsy) on an IBM ThinkCentre.
>  From what I've read, it seems this is a bug in 7.10; does anyone have an
> answer or can advise to whom, to where, I should address my question?

IBM Think Center - is that an Intel on board video card like the one beside me?
if so, see Bug # 182865

The 'fix' is to go back one revision on the intel driver.

> So in order to bypass the problem on our machines we downgrad the
> package with the old version. We thus add the following lines to
> /etc/apt/preferences :
> Package: xserver-xorg-video-intel
> Pin: version 2:2.1.1-0ubuntu-9
> Pin-Priority: 2000
> Then we use the following command to install it :
> apt-get --reinstall install xserver-xorg-video-intel=2:2.1.1-0ubuntu9


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