How to switch to Console mode from GUI mode in GNOME

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If you want to switch to Console mode from GUI mode in GNOME follow this simple steps

To switch to Console mode

Press ‘Ctrl + Alt + F1′ (F2 -- F6)

To switch between consoles in Console mode

Press ‘Alt + F1′ (F2 -- F6)

To switch back to GNOME GUI mode

Press ‘Alt + F7′

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27 thoughts on “How to switch to Console mode from GUI mode in GNOME

  1. i have installed Ubuntu server 8.04.1 but i didn’t get GUI MODE. it
    was installed only text console mode. how can i get GUI MODE PLEASE HELP ME VERY URGENT.

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  2. when i can enter startx command it says “apt-get install xinit”
    currently not installed startx

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  3. first try to install

    apt-get install xini

    If you are getting couldn’t find package name and you need to check your internet connection is working on ubuntu server.

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  4. I have internet connection but i cant get update. please tell me ubuntu server 8.04.1 desktop package website.

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  5. Everything installed but i can reboot it is going properly boot GUI MODE BUT RESOLUTION PROBLEM . I can’t see GUI. what can i do

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  6. I also had a similar issue. I followed these steps to get the server to boot in X mode
    username@ubuntu# sudo aptitude

    This is where things get a little uncomfortable if are new to ubuntu (like me). Take a feel of the console pressing “?” sign and then it should be cake walk. Basically in order to activate the Menu, press CTRL+t and to select a package to install press + and to unselect press – to expand or collapse use [ and ] . Once you have selected the packages you want to install activate the menu and press enter on Install option or simply press “g”. That will begin the download process, which is going to take some time in my case, will keep you guys posted on the progress.

    But I am somehow amazed the most famous linux distro has such not so user friendly installation, even though its a server, kind of does not make sense.

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  7. How to install the GUI mode in Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server edition? Please tell the Solution..
    Please mail the solutions..

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  8. I am using ssh to connect from my local machine to another machine running Ubuntu 8.04 in GUI mode. Is there a command to change the remote machine GUI to text mode via ssh ?

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    Sushil Reply:

    # ssh -X IP addr.

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  9. sir
    sir i use ubuntu-9.10-server. please tell me
    how we enter in ubuntu’s gui mode from console mode?
    when i start ubuntu on vmware workstation ,i get console mode.

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  10. To switch to GNOME GUI mode press ‘Alt+F7′
    (Recommended : Packages should be installed.
    If not jst type ‘apt-get install xinit’.
    Requires internet connection.)
    To Switch to console mode press ‘ctrl+Alt+F1′(F2-F6)
    To switch between consoles in console modes press ‘Alt+F1′ (F2-F6)

    Regards – Mohan

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  11. Hi… Sir I’m student of linux qualifi in the examnation of 2010 in the linux certefide plese help me my question is give the all linux use command basic and high lavel
    All command. Atul tiwari

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