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Switching from CLI to GUI causes black screen

asked 2012-12-27 14:51:05 -0600

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updated 2014-09-28 15:30:31 -0600

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After a fresh install of Fedora 18 and a run through of all possible updates, I tried to switch to the CLI via Ctrl+Alt+F1 as I do in other distros. When this did nothing, I tried Ctrl+Alt+F2. This brought me to the CLI. When I went to revert to the GUI with Ctrl+Alt+F7, I could not. Only Alt+F1 brought me back to the GUI.

On top of this, the Alt+F1 combo often causes a black screen instead of switching to the GUI. I'm not entirely sure what happens, but according to my monitor, the video signal stops.

I would like to be able to use the CLI properly, but I don't understand why it is acting different. Any help is appreciated.

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answered 2012-12-28 21:12:17 -0600

GDM starts on TTY1. You can use other TTYs. Your session may run on TTY1 as well, if you are the first user to log into the system. TTY7 does not present a console prompt; it is reserved for other users or other X sessions. Your system is working correctly; just not how you expected.

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answered 2012-12-28 11:45:44 -0600

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Check the logs in /var/log, specifically Xorg.0.log.

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