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Posted: Dec. 04 2005,03:51 QUOTE

is there a way that i can only boot with a shell, as in sometimes i dont want the whole GUI window that goes lower than i need when sometimes all i need is just a shell to run a few commands.  how can i do that?

by the way i cant mount my hard drives, any suggestions?
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Posted: Dec. 04 2005,04:57 QUOTE

edit /home/dsl/.bash_profile
Remove the "startx" line, and backup that file.
When you need to get into X, type "startx".

Your harddrives should be listed in /etc/fstab if they are detected.  They would be /dev/hda# or something similar.  In console use the command "mount   /dev/hda1" for hda1.

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Posted: Dec. 11 2005,11:27 QUOTE

if your text runs off the screen, add the vga=xxx  where xxx
is the three numbers of resolution your graphic card supports.

I use a kinda old laptop with 800x600 resolution. I add the
following line to the grub or lilo menu vga=788

if you are using the liveCD version, it's dsl vga=788
at the boot prompt.
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Posted: Dec. 13 2005,11:09 QUOTE

You could also maybe try using the boot option
dsl 2 vga=normal
if you're running straight from a liveCD. That will drop you into DSL text-mode only console.
Cheers and beers,
::Edit:: And I apologise because I responded to the question before paying attention to which forum I was in.. oops!

I've been told the best way to learn is to explain it to someone else in front of "experts". People who are knowledgable (and sometimes even if they're not!) on a topic will soon tell you if you're wrong, and love you for the opportunity to either show their prowess or make jokes at your expense!
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