driver installing requirement, [was Re: xorg Digest, Vol 121, Issue 4]

Thomas L├╝bking thomas.luebking at
Sat Sep 19 09:44:32 PDT 2015

On Samstag, 19. September 2015 16:22:14 CEST, David wrote:
> as before...) and can't get xorg to stop.  Last time sudo service mdm stop
> worked, but now when I enter that command I just get a black screen with no
> console.

Sounds as if Mint isn't running any getty, nor autospawning them m(
(Maybe it's worse, and they don't install any getty providers by default...)

Try whether you can run "sudo agetty --noclear tty2 linux &"
That should get you a TTY on ctrl+alt+f2.

Notice that there are many getty daemons and I have no idea which are provided/installed my Mint.

Do not quit the display manager from a running GUI session, since that will simply kill the session (unclean exit)
Instead logout (so you see the login screen), then move to another VT (with a login shell), login there and quit the DM from there.


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