I have the runlevel set so it launches the graphical (X) login when I boot. I was messing with the display settings yesterday and crashed the system. I had to hard reboot. When the system came up, the graphical parameters were invalid so it couldn't boot into X but I can't get a text login prompt. I tried hitting Ctrl-Alt-Fx keys but nothing. The screen just keeps flickering.
i'm not on a network so I can't login remotely and change the runlevel. Is there any way when I'm booting up to break out before it tries to start the X login? I tried ctrl-alt-backspace but it doesn't kill the X server.