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Offline 5rojas5

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Hi.  I inherited a linux system which I have used solely for surfing, email and desktop games, until recently, when it wouldn't boot up into the usual login screen.  Now messages appear: "Failed to start the X server...", "Fatal server error: could not open default cursor font."  Eventually, (still in the black screen) it asks for username, password, and then root@localhost #.  This is where I am stuck.  I have tried many words and numbers, but none work.  Can you please help me?  I would be most grateful.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2009, 10:58:21 AM by Ricky »

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Re: Can't log in - localhost#?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009, 09:20:20 AM »
Please post your PC specification and your distribution.

also, what happens when you type in startx after you login?

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Re: Can't log in - localhost#- error: could not open default cursor font
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 11:07:33 AM »
Either fonts are missing or it is looking at wrong place. You may try to reinstall font package.

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Re: Can't log in - localhost#?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009, 06:57:50 PM »
Please post your PC specification and your distribution.

also, what happens when you type in startx after you login?

startx left the screen still asking for the [root@localhost ˜]#.

The PC is HP8000.  Is this the distribution?:
X Window System Version 7.0.0 Redhat Fedora

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Re: Can't log in - localhost#- error: could not open default cursor font
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 05:27:42 PM »
You mean redhat 7 ?