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asked 2013-10-20 10:51:17 -0500

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updated 2014-04-11 16:50:59 -0500

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Hi I recently installed Fedora 18 on my laptop. when i wanted to use the terminal to install flash i realized that i couldn't see anything of what I was typing in the terminal. First i thought that the fonts was black against a black background. But in the preferences it is stated that should be white txt against black background. Any one have a suggestion what is causing this?

Regards Magnus

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Do you use some proprietary video driver? Can you see "anything" if you go to tty2 (alt+ctrl+f2) ?

casep gravatar imagecasep ( 2013-10-20 15:56:44 -0500 )edit

What terminal are you using? What DE? Please, give us more info!! :)

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-10-20 15:56:57 -0500 )edit

sometimes a terminal window can get confused; I've done it when accidentally running cat on a binary file, for example. Even if you can't see the output, you might be able to fix it by pressing Ctl+c a few times to exit any running utilities, then running the command reset and pressing enter. If that doesn't work, you will probably have to open a new terminal window.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-10-20 19:40:55 -0500 )edit

Hi, yes (alt+ctrl+f2) works, how ever when trying to start the DE(gnome-session) it fails to launch (don't know if this is related to the problem at hand). btw I'm using fedora 19, not 18 as I stated before. I'm also running gnome DE and the default gnome-terminal 3.8.2. If type gedit in the terminal Gedit launches, so it is clear that terminal is working accept I cant see what I'm typing which could be a problem in the long run ;-)

Magnus gravatar imageMagnus ( 2013-10-21 12:01:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-21 12:45:21 -0500

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I solved the problem. I opened the terminal then opened edit-> Profile Preferences then opened the Colors tab and disabled the option Use colors from system theme. This solved the problem. A bug?

Thanks for all the suggestions. /Magnus

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answered 2013-10-20 18:19:50 -0500

I am running Fedora 19 and I recently downloaded flash and everything is working fine. If you can elaborate more on what exactly you are typing in the terminal, maybe I can cross check that...

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