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Unable to start X Server due to a "fatal server error: could not open default font 'fixed'. How to solve it?

Updated 2010-07-09T16:16:40+00:00

Issue

  • Why do I receive a fatal server error: could not open default font 'fixed' when loading X server?

    Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!
    
    Fatal server error:
    could not open default font 'fixed'
    
    If you encounter a server crash, please report the problem by filing a bug
    report in the XFree86.org bugzilla at http://bugs.xfree86.org and/or Red Hat
    bugzilla at http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla.  When filing your report, it
    is very important that you explain your problem in as much detail as possible,
    and include a complete description on how to reproduce the problem.  After
    submitting the bug report, attach the following files as uncompressed
    individual file attachments using the bugzilla file attachment feature:
            - X server log file: /var/log/XFree86.0.log
            - X server config file: /etc/X11/XF86Config
            - Kernel log file: /var/log/messages
    
    XIO:  fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
          after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
    
  • Or, the error message will looks like this:

    Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!
    
    Fatal server error:
    could not open default font 'fixed'
    
    Please consult the The X.org Foundation support
                                   at http://wiki.X.Org
       for help.
    Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
    
  • similar error if trying to reconfigure /etc/X11/xorg.conf with system-config-display, e.g.,

    # system-config-display --reconfig
    Trying with card: Cirrus Logic GD544x
    xconf.py: Fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server :17.0.
    --display=:1: Fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server :17.0.
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4

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