After trying a few of these tools I settled for this one :-
This gave an easy to use menu.
It stayed in tty.
After a lot of trial and error I found something that did not go into limbo.
However it did not startx.
It gave up with the famous last words :-
Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'
X.org Foundation list this as by far the most popular FAQ.
Comparing it with another Slackware installation which works I dont see the difference.
This is the first time I have had to look at X.
Always worked out of the box before.
Anyone know how to read those font.alias files?
What font is fixed looking for?
Seems a few others have had this type of problem recently.
Will be trying ideas posted by keefaz.