How to rollback xorg to working tty switch

Lars Eighner lars at
Fri May 25 01:18:44 UTC 2012

On Thu, 24 May 2012, Warren Block wrote:

> On Thu, 24 May 2012, doug at wrote:
>> On Thu, 24 May 2012, Polytropon wrote:
>>> On Thu, 24 May 2012 20:11:32 +0200, Polytropon wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 24 May 2012 06:45:06 -0500 (CDT), Lars Eighner wrote:
>>> And in worst case, use "portdowngrade" to get an older version
>>> of the port (may require recompiling a lot of dependencies in
>>> both directions).
>>> portdowngrade x11/xorg -s 
>>> :pserver:anoncvs at
>>> (Maybe you need to be more specific as "x11" is only a metaport.)
>> That was such a great idea, I also just tried it. For me at least it is not 
>> that alt-ctrl-Fn does not switch, it does. What is does not do is connect 
>> to the monitor except for alt-ctrl-F9. So in the absence of a crash I can:
>> alt-ctrl-F1 - get a blank screen with the monitor displaying no signal
>> alt-ctrl-F2 - same thing sometimes required (for me) to make the next one 
>> work
>> alt-ctrl-F9 - back to my desktop
>> In the event of a crash I am fairly far up the creek. No errors are logged 
>> anywhere. I installed 9.0-RELEASE #0 and then did a pkg_add for Xorg. In my 
>> case I would not think there is anything to backup to. I did not see any 
>> PRs with this symptom. A similar one was deemed user error as I recall. 
>> Google finds a few similar complaints.
> The latest xorg switches to and from console with my Radeon 4650.  It might 
> be a problem specific to the newer version of the Intel video driver.

It is definitely a problem for (at least some of) those with Intel chips,
but at least for me the VESA driver did not fix the tty switching problem.
Lars Eighner
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