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So I'm moving away from Ubuntu into the realm of Arch Linux.

In Ubuntu I was able to switch TTYs with ctrl+alt+F1/F2... and etc.

In Arch when I attempt this, I'm merely dumped to a black screen with a flashing underscore (the resolution looks to be non-native as well).

I followed the beginners guide at here but to no avail.

I'm using a Thinkpad X220, with the xf86-video-intel driver (for my 2nd generation i7) and running i3 as my window manager.

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    Can you edit and add your /etc/inittab? – Paul May 28 '12 at 2:19
  • @Paul No inittab in Arch Linux anymore. – MariusMatutiae Jun 16 '15 at 8:43
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I guess rc.multi never ends, because one of daemons in the DAEMONS array is failing. Fire up a text editor on /etc/inittab and edit this line from:

rm:2345:wait:/etc/rc.multi

to:

rm:2345:once:/etc/rc.multi

If it works now, it confirms my guess, so you need to find which daemon is failing and fix it.

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    actrually, ive figured it out -- as dumb as it sounds, i was using R_alt to switch TTYs, which on my thinkpad, correspond to TTY13-24 (which arent configured) simply by using L_alt, everything works as expected. – adam Jun 6 '12 at 2:46
  • Arch doesn't use inittab anymore, since they switched to systemd. – Chris Apr 9 '15 at 4:26
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    @adam then best practise is to write the answer yourself and then mark it selected. – larkey Jul 18 '15 at 9:38
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This is based on the OP's comment that should be an answer.

To switch TTYs I was using Right Alt which on my Thinkpad corresponds to TTY13-24 (which aren't configured). Simply by using Left Alt everything works as expected.

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