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I already searched how it's possible to open the terminal on Raspbmc, however none of the two methods I know seems to work. I've read that I can open the terminal by pressing Ctr+Alt+F2 but nothing happens.

Theoretically the second method says to click on Shutdown option and then on Exit and wait until opens a "white" screen, then press Esc. This method neither works and a blank screen appears. The only thing that works is the combination of Ctr+Alt+Del which restarts the system.

What is causing that and why I can't see the terminal?

Also I managed to connect successfully through SSH with PuTTY, but I did something wrong in network settings, and now I can't connect. That's why I need to open the terminal.

I'm running Raspbmc.

EDIT

Unfortunately, it does not work with any of the solutions that I found, so I decided to remove this OS and move to Xbian. I really don't know what was causing this...

  • have you tried Ctr+Alt+Backspace? – Eineki Apr 16 '13 at 6:26
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    ctrl+alt+backspace restarts X. Doesn't the pi use some kind of openbox desktop? If so try alt+t or ctrl+alt+t (gnome variant). – Kenneth Apr 16 '13 at 15:33
  • Maybe there is a SSH terminal plugin for OSMC on Raspberri Pi – rubo77 Apr 22 '15 at 19:04
  • Though you've ditched RaspBMC did you try to run sudo /sbin/agetty 38400 tty10 linux in a terminal? It should (imperfectly though) give you a text terminal, provided you can switch to it. The command will last until the end of the login session. I haven't tried this on a RaspBMC (or OSMC) distribution but I assume those distros have kept text login capabilities. At least you'll know if there's a /etc/inttab file... – user29510 Jan 2 '16 at 19:24
  • how about Alt+F2 and then LXTerminal – George Feb 9 '18 at 1:47
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Ctrl-Alt key combos won't work on Raspbmc because XBMC running on the Pi runs under OpenGL directly on the framebuffer, and not under X11 like it would on a regular Linux desktop.

In order to get a terminal in Raspbmc you need to quite out of XBMC without powering off. This should be possible by going to the little power icon and selecting "Exit".

  • I know this question is old, but while this works temporarily the pi reboots within a few seconds. So not much of a terminal. – Steven Walton Nov 12 '15 at 2:23
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Theoretically the second method says to click on Shutdown option and then on Exit and wait until opens a "white" screen, then press Esc.

This works on my installation of OSMC (apart from "white" is not white but the moment when the OSMC screen re-appears)

I use this to startx for my LXDE session as described in my comment here

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