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Old 10-12-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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could not open default font 'fixed' error with Slackware 12.0

The power went out the other day and upon rebooting my computer I found that the X server was failing with the error

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'
giving up.
I figured something got corrupted from the power outage so I just reinstalled all the packages in the 'x' directory of the install DVD. This did not work, and I'm not sure where to go from here.

Any ideas?

Old 10-12-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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You should try fsck'ing your drive. See `man fsck` for details. You should boot with the DVD, make sure your partition is NOT mounted, and fsck the drive -- and hopefully everything will be OK.
Old 10-12-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Try (as root):
cd /usr/share/fonts/misc
mkfontscale .
mkfontdir -e /usr/share/fonts/encodings -e /usr/share/fonts/encodings/large .
/usr/bin/fc-cache -f
Old 10-12-2008, 02:32 PM   #4
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Your tip worked keefaz. Thanks a lot!


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