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I'm not sure what I pressed to mess this up. I was on tty1, but it doesn't look like I'm on tty1 anymore. When I press any key on the terminal it just prints weird letters. Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 through F7 also just prints characters.

Multiple times I tried typing in reset and [Enter] into the terminal, but it isn't fixing the problem. I tried typing Ctrl-q then reset, but still just crazy characters.

I'm pretty sure the kernel is still running correctly because, before this happened, I started a very large file transfer from a host computer to this computer. The files still appear to be copying correctly from the host computer.

strange terminal output

Anyway to restore a system like this?

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Can you ssh into your system? – philipballew Jun 27 '12 at 7:25
Good thinking, but I cannot because ssh isn't running on this system. – Sepero Jun 27 '12 at 7:35
Does X -once -query work? Maybe you can open an X-Session from remote. To change your terminal, maybe you can use alt-left to cycle through the terminals. – ohno Jun 27 '12 at 13:31

It's just Alt-Fn, not Ctrl-Alt-Fn, to switch between TTY consoles.

Ctrl-Alt-Fn is to switch from the graphical X window to a TTY. Once you're outside of the X server at a text-mode console, you don't use Ctrl.

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