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Consider FILE to be very old and don't remake it.I'm a Ubuntu noob. Appreciate you time.

I came across this situation where pressing Ctrl+Alt+F11 brings up a blank screen with a flashing cursor.

I can't see where to disable that key combination. Any help? From the link above it seems to be a Gnome thing.

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This doesn't answer your question, but to go back to your graphical session, keep pressing Alt+left for a while. – Jorge Suárez de Lis May 1 '13 at 9:44
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This requires some manual X11 server configuration. Look in /etc/X11/xorg.conf; if it doesn't exist, you'll need to create it (type Ctrl+Alt+T to open a Terminal and run sudo -H gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf on it) with the following contents:

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option "DontVTSwitch" "on"

If it does exist, look for a Section "ServerFlags" and add the Option line above to it; if there isn't one, append the above lines to the file.


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Cheers. I have to get back to some hacking for now - will prove later and accept now. – Crowie May 1 '13 at 9:46
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