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virtual consoles scroll and  switching does not work in linux  centos 5 distribution

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hi ,
I have centos 5 linux distribution with mal functioning in switching between virtual consoles  using Ctrl-Alt-F[1-7] and  scrolling throug them using Shift-pgdn and Shift-pgup

can any body help
best regards
hatem gamal
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by:ravenpl
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Can You exactly describe Your problem?
Note, that after switching from ftom vt1 to vt2, the history of vt1 is forgotten. Maybe that's Your misfeature?
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ravenpl,
>>>Can You exactly describe Your problem?
I'm using x window environment and trying the feature of virtual console
and it does not work that is my problem alse the feature of scrolling up and down between them is not working
is there is a solution for it or centos is an exception in that

regards
hatem gamal
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As I mentioned - the ctrl+alt+F? should work, but the scroll history is forgotten as soon as You leaving the console.
You cannot switch between those consoles? what display driver You have running(gfx card)?
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by:hatem_from_mesr
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>>>what display driver You have running(gfx card)?
vga card is: radeon 9200
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add "nomodeset" option to the boot line and verify if it's working now
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ravenpl,
>>>add "nomodeset" option to the boot line and verify if it's working now
I'm beginner don't know the file name or the line to change please give me full details
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edit /etc/grub.conf file, to every line starting with "kernel ..." append nomodeset, eg.

        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.22.el5PAE ro root=LABEL=/ nomodeset
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