[CentOS] Can't boot to init 3

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Sun Mar 18 15:43:21 UTC 2007

Mark Hull-Richter wrote:
> In order to get more screen than 800x600, since the video card I'm 
> using isn't on the list, and neither is my monitor, I've downloaded 
> the NVIDIA "latest and greatest drivers" from nvidia.com 
> <http://nvidia.com>, except it won't install.  It refuses to run in X 
> mode (unless I force it to, which it says is not recommended), but 
> wants to run in init level 3.
> Problem is, I can't get to init level 3.  If I run 'init 3' from a 
> root command line, it starts to go down, waits until I type something 
> (anything), then begins heading for init 3 and stops dead right after 
> starting anacron.  The only way to revive it is to reboot.
> If I run 'init 1' from a command line, it goes down to init level 1 
> just fine, so I fugred 'Great, now init 2' but it stops right after 
> starting the HAL daemon.  It echoes keyboard input but does nothing 
> further at all.  I have to reboot.
> It's almost as if it's going to a console that isn't my (only) 
> terminal....
> I tried to see how to tell grub to come up at init 3, but I can't find 
> that one either.
> Help?
> Please reply both on list AND directly to me, at least if you reply 
> today, because this subscription is currently set for digest (because 
> I get all the inidividual emails at work) - when I get the video set 
> up properly, I'll fix that....

boot to single (`linux single`    at grub), then edit /etc/inittab, and 
change the initdefault line to read


(it probably has 5 in there now), then reboot.

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