Originally Posted by NoobDave
I am a bit dubious about reinstallation as I've just got it all running and looking as I like. I tried running an upgrade installation from my CD and this didn't solve any problems.
I am of the school that thinks you generally don't reinstall unless you're upgrading, your computer has been compromised or suffered massive disk corruption, or you seriously don't like the installation choices you made. If your /home directory is on its own partition, you can probably safely do what tytower
suggests. Just make sure your installation doesn't overwrite that partition. (I am not familiar with the Madriva installer.) To be ulra cautious, backup that partition to another computer first. If you have another Linux computer networked that is running sshd, I can tell you how to do that. (I have no idea with an MS computer!) Depending upon the size requirement, you could also back up to a usb flash drive or CD.
Also realize that while the indivual user settings will survive the above procedure, any changes you've made to configuration files in /etc or elsewhere on the main partition will not survive.
On reading the Xorg.0.log, the end error part says:
"Could not init font patn element unix/:-1, removing from list
Fatal Server Error:
Could not open font 'fixed'"
and then a little message telling me to consult the X.org foundation
Does this shed any light on to what is causing my computer so much trouble?
See if this thread
helps. I've glanced at it but not tried to digest it.
You also might look into trying to reinstall the fonts. I believe Madriva uses rpm
for package management. If so, you can use
rpm -qa | grep -i font
to try to figure out the relevant package(s). Your distro might already have a log file listing all of the installed packages (done as a daily cron job). If so, searching this would be faster.
EDIT: Instead of reinstalling a package, it would be easier to simply verify it first or verify all packages:
rpm --verify package-name
rpm --verify --all