Or the simple method ...
<Ctrl><Alt><F1> from X to go to the console
<Alt><F7> to return to X (default VT for the first X session IIRC)
... easy !
> -----Original Message-----
> Yeah, but this is assuming you can get to a root prompt to reset/reboot
> it. If X just keeps cycling, you don't get this chance. Hmm, would
> <ctrl><alt><bksp>, then <alt><F> to a new virtual terminal while X is
> recycling leave X on the first screen? You'd have to be damn quick
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