[RESOLVED]: Who is messing with Ctrl-Alt-F{1,2,3,4,5,6} ?

Richard Elkins richard.elkins at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 21:30:44 UTC 2013

Thanks, Lutz.

I just tested in two 13.04 environments:

  * Build 1 - ASROCK H67M-ITX/HT Mini-ITX motherboard, Kernel module
    i915, Xorg video intel
  * Build 2 - the darned Intel D2550MUD2 mobo mentioned below

Both of them are described in detail at 
https://launchpad.net/~texadactyl <https://launchpad.net/%7Etexadactyl> .

Build 1 works fine.
Build 2 is a screwup.

I should just install Windoze 7 on Build 2 and eBay it.  It keeps giving 
me false negatives and it wastes everyone's time.


I would stay away from all PowerVR graphics, especially Intel GMA 3600 
and GMA 3650.  If you must use Intel products, try to stay mainstream 
like the i915 type of Build 1.


On 09/24/2013 01:22 PM, Richard Elkins wrote:
> There are emergencies (E.g. hosed desktop) when one would like to 
> gather evidence and find out who is doing what to whom -or- who is 
> waiting for whom.  I have always used Ctrl-Alt-Fn to break out of 
> desktops for this purpose.  I would have found this quite helpful in 
> writing up a bug report yesterday.
> Unfortunately, it seems that I cannot do this in Xubuntu which is, of 
> course, XFCE4-based - at least in the later releases.
> When I press Ctrl-Alt-F1/2/3/4/5/6, my keyboard and mouse are no 
> longer functional although the screen is still there.  Is the screen 
> hiding the tty login prompt?  My getty sessions are running as 
> evidenced by `ps ax | grep getty` in a terminal window.
> Fortunately, when I press F7, I am taken back to normal desktop 
> operation.
> Could anyone shed some light on this?  I really would like to learn 
> what component(s) are causing this anomalous behavior.  And, I'd like 
> to fix this if possible.  Again, if it is my @#$%^&!!! Intel D2550MUD2 
> motherboard, I am going to sue Intel into insolvency!  (-:
> Thanks,
> Richard

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