Get to runlevel 3 in Linux Mint 18.1

Posted: April 18, 2017. At: 9:45 PM. This was 10 months ago. Post ID: 10524
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To get to runlevel 3 in Linux Mint, press the Control-Alt-F2 key combination and login at the virtual terminal, then run this command to shut down the login manager.

sudo service mdm stop

Then you may use the Linux Mint virtual terminal instead of the desktop if you wish.

Just run this to restart the login manager when you are done.

sudo service mdm start
Linux Mint 18.1 Virtual Terminal.
Linux Mint 18.1 Virtual Terminal.

This is necessary if you are manually installing Nvidia drivers and the graphical environment can not be running.

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