Booting without xorg running mint 17.1 cinnamon

Eric Gunther egunther at
Wed Oct 7 05:42:07 PDT 2015

On Tue, 2015-10-06 at 18:06 -0600, David wrote:
> OK, so I guess this is a different way of askinga question I've been
> wrestling with for a few days now.  I need to install a driver
> downloaded from nvidia, which when run tells me to stop xserver and
> try running again.  I've tried several commands but haven't had any
> success this time.  I installed the driver once before with the sudo
> service mdm stop command but this time it also results in a blank
> screen.

I have had success with sudo init 3, after logging out --> ALT F3 (or
any F key below 5) to get to a command line in OpenSUSE.  As far as I
know, init 5 is X while init 6 is reboot. Init 1,2,3 *I think* are 
appropriate for installing nvidia driver.  That is the ".run" driver file.
Where one would issue the command "sudo sh" to run

The ALT F3 is to change virtual terminals on the computer, where the gui 
inhabits 6 or 7 on this OpenSUSE machine and a text line login is on a few
of the others, while logging information is on others yet.  There are 12
Function keys.  I think this can be configured and so may be specific to a

>   So my thought now is to find a way to boot directly into a command
> line without xserver starting in the first place, I've read that there
> are options to edit /boot/grub/grub.Cfg and edit a line so that it
> goes something like boot..... quiet splash text.

Personally, I would not edit grub cfg to do this.  I have a a lot of
missteps when I work on the computer and that would cause undo
complication.  I think that often there is a ESC command or F10 or
something while booting.  I think you may find this on the nvidia site
(they have an extensive manual/reference section for the CUDA toolset at
least and I think that they often do have good reference)
this may be a start:

>   The result of this was finally that I had to use my install disk to
> be able to get back into terminal so I could revert the file back to
> it's original setting.  I've read that there are ways to set it to run
> at default 'run levels' 0-6 with some of them running without x
> loading, but I don't feel like I understand at all where to change
> that or which run levels do what.  So I'd really appreciate it if
> anyone knows how and where to edit run levels to boot without x
> starting I'd really appreciate it, or any other ways to stop x and be
> able to install the driver.  I still have no internet so anything that
> requires Internet access is out for me.  
> Thanks for any advice
> David

I think* that one can exit X with the key combination CTRL ALT
BACKSPACE, although I think this may be disabled in some distributions ...
or X just restarts at that point.

Which Nvidia driver did you download? Specifically which file extension?

Have a good day,


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