I would like to know why I can't get the terminals tty1,tty2 etc while pressing Ctrl-Alt-(F1 ,F2) etc.I don't know why I can't get these terminals.Is it because my laptop is Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270?

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    Many laptops a Fn key that you would also have to press to get plain function key behaviour... – Kusalananda May 2 '17 at 20:29
  • @Kusalananda:That's right.Coud you tell why do I get the GUI at F8 and not F7? – justin May 2 '17 at 20:33
  • No, sorry. I'm not on Linux Mint and/so I don't know the specifics of what that system is doing with regards to X Windows. – Kusalananda May 2 '17 at 20:36
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    You have VTs for consoles, one VT for logs, and one for X...The VT order can vary, not that very important. Cannot remember the full details, I do not have a Linux machine with X Windows. – Rui F Ribeiro May 2 '17 at 20:37
  • @RuiFRibeiro:Sorry that's because I edited the file /etc/default/console-setup.I could see in the file that the line containing active_consoles was tty[1-6] and I changed it to tty[1-7] to know whether it would work. – justin May 2 '17 at 20:41

As many laptops uses the function keys to adjust screen brightness, speaker volume and things like that, they often have a Fn key that you would also have to press to get plain function key behaviour.

Judging from photos of the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270 keyboard on the net, this key is located to the right of the left Ctrl key.

There might also be a FnLk ("function lock") key, or similar, that you can toggle this behaviour with so that you don't have to press Fn every time.

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