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How can I access terminal/commandline following Fedora 19 boot hanging

asked 2013-11-11 15:37:40 -0600

Iroko gravatar image

updated 2014-02-14 22:48:10 -0600

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Following a recent software update my Fedora 19 boot now hangs with Failed to start Gnome Display Manager. See systemctl status gdm.service for details. Stopping Gnome Display Manager. It never gets as far as the Gnome Display Manager login screen.

What are my options going forward. One piece of advice was reinstall gdm with yum but I can't get a terminal/commandline.

I've tried using CTRL + ALT + F2 to interrupt the boot but it takes me to a blank screen. I can type into it but then nothing happens.

Using 64 BIT (AMD64) Fedora 19

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Thanks for your response cjbayliss. I didn't get the chance to check yesterday. I did as you said (only difference being I added '3' at the end of the line beginning with linux rather than changing any text. What exactly does the 'rgba', 'quiet' and '3' mean? Just do confirm I also tried it following your instructions and it worked as well though I think the letters might have been 'rghb'. Thanks.

Iroko gravatar imageIroko ( 2013-11-13 12:57:17 -0600 )edit

"rgba" - means to boot up using the standard nice boot splash screen. "quiet" - means print no boot messages. And "3" - means boot to the text login screen as opposed to "5" which would boot to the Gnome Display Manager(or KDM if you were using KDE.) "text" simply means use text mode. I'm glad I was able to answer your question. :-)

cjbayliss gravatar imagecjbayliss ( 2013-11-13 21:40:58 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-11-12 02:00:05 -0600

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Power on your computer, and when it gives you a list of boot options, press e. Now use the arrow keys and find the bit that says rgba quiet and change it text 3 then press f10. Now it will boot into text mode.

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answered 2014-03-15 12:22:48 -0600

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If magic keys are enabled, press alt+sys rq+ r followed by alt+ sys rq + e.

This brings the login screen on my PC.

I never tried to dig deeper though.

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