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Old 10-11-2003, 04:34 PM   #1
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Why can't I get X to start in Slackware 9.0


Hello, I have just installed Slackware 9.0. I went through the installation without any problems, and then when the installation was over I logged in as root and typed startx, but X wouldn't start. Instead of starting X, the screen flickered a few times, and then I got a message saying "Cannot find default font fixed". That seems to imply that some font was not installed, however I don't think that's true because during the installation I selected to install absolutely everything on the CD, over 1 gb of stuff. I then ran xf86config and tried the generic Nvidia driver, the vesa driver, and the standard vga driver, but still got the same problem when trying to start X.

Then I deleted my Slackware partition and installed it all over again, and got the same problem.

Prior to this I was running Mandrake 9.0 and X ran fine on that, I never had any problems with it.

Someone suggested that the reason X won't start is because the partition is out of space, but I have plenty of space.

Hope someone can help...
 
Old 10-11-2003, 04:59 PM   #2
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oopps lost my train of thought.......at root prompt do this
cd /etc/X11 and use vi to open the XF86Config file

scroll down to "modules section"
these fonts should be loading....."type1" and "speedo"
these are default minimum to run X

<edit/> you can also cd into the /var/log directory and vi the Xfree86.0.log and see all errors that happened while X was trying to load.

Last edited by 320mb; 10-11-2003 at 05:09 PM.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 05:09 PM   #3
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Whats your swap space quota?...and in Slackware 9.0 full install is over 2GB with all FONTS and everything...try to boot the install again and to install more fonts from the cd...! did you tried theese things..?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 05:42 PM   #4
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Quote:
scroll down to "modules section"
these fonts should be loading....."type1" and "speedo"
these are default minimum to run X
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Yes, those fonts are already listed in the config file. There are also some more fonts, but they were commented out. I tried uncommenting them, but get the same error.

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you can also cd into the /var/log directory and vi the Xfree86.0.log and see all errors that happened while X was trying to load.
The file looks ok... It does not show any errors, until at the very end of the file it just gives the same error message "Cannot open default font fixed" but does not say why.

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Whats your swap space quota?
My swap partition is about 200 mb and the system has 256 mb of ram. Should be more than sufficient to run anything.

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and in Slackware 9.0 full install is over 2GB with all FONTS and everything
Well actually I only have one CD. Does Slackware 9.0 come with more than 1 CD's? After full installation, about 1.3 gigs of stuff was installed.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 08:32 PM   #5
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Are you sure that xfree86-fonts-misc package is installed on your system? It contains the absolutely bare minimal set of fonts needed to run XFree86. Try: cat /var/log/packages | grep fonts-misc. What does it produce?
If you don't have this then mount your CD, navigate to slackware/x and install it: installpkg xfree86-fonts-misc-4.3.0-noarch-1.tgz.
If this package is installed then maybe you don't have path to those fonts in your XF86Config? Something like this:
Code:
Section "Files"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc" <<< Check for this entry
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
  FontPath  	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
  RgbPath         "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
EndSection
 
  


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