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Author Topic: Font nightmare on fresh VL 6 installation  (Read 2419 times)
kilgoretrout
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« on: February 24, 2009, 08:36:15 am »

Relevant hardware: Intel 965 motherboard with onboard intel graphics

Just did a fresh installation of VL 6. Basically, used the defaults but opted for the "Full" installation and didn't install the boot loader as I have other linux distros installed and prefer grub. Everything went fine during the installation. Configured a boot entry for Vector in an existing grub menu.lst and successfully booted into Vector. Only problem is, the fonts are completely trashed on the login screen, just black squares and sqiggles where fonts should be. Managed to log in to xfce and all the fonts on all the apps and desktop appear the same as on the login screen. Everything is completely illegible; nothing can be read. Just for laughs, I opened up a console which I identified from the icon as the menus are illegible and typed in "xterm" at the prompt. Xterm opened up and surprisingly, the fonts were fine in xterm, but no where else. Lauchned firefox from the command line and the vast majority of the fonts were totally trashed but a few were perfectly OK. No error messages came up in xterm when I launched firefox.

I'm completely stumped. Assume it must be some problem in the font path, but nothing seems out of the ordinary there. Here's my xorg.conf:

Code:
Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier     "X.org Configured"
Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
RgbPath      "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/OTF"
FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load  "glx"
Load  "extmod"
Load  "xtrap"
Load  "record"
Load  "GLcore"
Load  "dbe"
Load  "dri"
Load  "freetype"
Load  "type1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier  "Keyboard0"
Driver      "kbd"
#    Option      "XkbLayout" "us"    ## KEYBOARD_MAP!
Option  "XkbModel"  ""    ## KEYBOARD_MODEL!
Option  "Xkbvariant"  ""    ## KEYBOARD_VARIANT!
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier  "Mouse0"
Driver      "mouse"
Option     "Protocol" "auto"
Option     "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option     "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
 DisplaySize 336 269 # 96 DPI @ 1280x1024 (non 4:3 aspect)
  Option "UseEdidFreqs" "1"
#DisplaySize   380   310 # mm
Identifier   "Monitor0"
VendorName   "VSC"
ModelName    "VP191s"
### Comment all HorizSync and VertRefresh values to use DDC:
HorizSync    30.0 - 82.0
VertRefresh  50.0 - 85.0
Option     "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
### Available Driver options are:-
### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
### [arg]: arg optional
#Option     "NoAccel"            # [<bool>]
#Option     "SWcursor"            # [<bool>]
#Option     "ColorKey"            # <i>
#Option     "CacheLines"          # <i>
#Option     "Dac6Bit"            # [<bool>]
#Option     "DRI"                # [<bool>]
#Option     "NoDDC"              # [<bool>]
#Option     "ShowCache"          # [<bool>]
#Option     "XvMCSurfaces"        # <i>
#Option     "PageFlip"            # [<bool>]
Identifier  "Card0"
Driver      "intel"
VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
BoardName   "82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller"
BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device     "Card0"
Monitor    "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     1
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     4
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     8
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     15
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport   0 0
Depth     24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection
             
Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "on"
EndSection

One additional point. Some time ago, I recall installing wolvix which is also slackware based and having the identical weird font problem. I have slackware 12 installed which works fine, but not the most recent slackware. I assume it must be some issue with the underlying slackware base font configuration and my hardware but haven't uncovered anything with my googling. Finally, xorg logs show nothing remarkable or any error messages that I can find.


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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2009, 10:35:09 am »

I had a similar problem when testing the release candidates.  It seemed at that time, that the gui installer was reporting that it had finished the install, when in fact the install was still continuing in the background.  This was only a problem on my dual core machines but not the others. Thinking it finished the user clicks restart and cuts of the remaining installation in progress.

The end result was as you described, above.

Try the install again, when the Graphical Installer reports it is ready for you to restart the system wait a good 3-5 min. Then restart.  Let me know if you get a different result.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2009, 11:36:12 am »

Interesting problem.  If stretchedthin is correct then ?his? approach sounds reasonable.  Another alternative would be to try the ncurses installer by typing 'linux' when booting from the CD.  I'd be interested in knowing if this remedies the situation.

Good luck!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009, 04:11:12 pm »

Thanks guys. I'll try your suggestions in the next couple of days and report back. My system is a core2duo so your explanation seems reasonable.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 04:19:52 pm »

I think your problem is that the installation scripts of the fonts didn't run. You could try the following as root, worth the try if your plans are a reinstall:

Code:
cd /
sh var/log/scripts/*font*
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009, 07:25:08 pm »

I did the installation again, this time in ncurses mode but got the same font problem. I redid the X configuration and switched to the vesa driver and the font problem vanished. All this points to a problem with the intel graphics driver in the particular xorg version used by slackware 12.2. Apparently, the problem is limited to intel 965 on board graphics since I don't see any other posts complaining about this problem. If I have time, I'll try and install slack 12.2 and see if I get the same problem.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 07:31:14 pm »

Glad you worked it out.  I think VL6.0 is based om slackware 12.1, however.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2009, 11:17:48 pm »

I want to reiterate what Ken said:   you need the Slackware 12.1 package if you insist on using a Slackware package rather than a VL package.  Slackware 12.2 X.org packages will not work -- the required (newer) libraries are not included in VL 6.0.
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CentOS 6.5 (will try VL64-7.1 soon)

Toshiba Satellite A135-S4727,  Intel Pentium T2080 / 1.73 GHz, 2GB RAM, Intel GMA 950

HP Mini 110 netbook, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, Intel 950 video, VL 7.1
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 12:37:04 pm »

I did the installation again, this time in ncurses mode but got the same font problem. I redid the X configuration and switched to the vesa driver and the font problem vanished. All this points to a problem with the intel graphics driver in the particular xorg version used by slackware 12.2. Apparently, the problem is limited to intel 965 on board graphics since I don't see any other posts complaining about this problem. If I have time, I'll try and install slack 12.2 and see if I get the same problem.

Strange. I'm running 6.0 on a Lenovo T61, which has Intel graphics. lspci gives me this on the video adapter:

Code:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel corporation Mobile G965/GL960 Intergrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)

Looking at /etc/X11/xrog.conf, the system is using the Intel driver. I'm not having any font related problems. During some of the betas, I did have some, but they were limited to poor rendering, and have been fixed for a while.

paul.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009, 01:50:48 pm »

Looking at /etc/X11/xrog.conf, the system is using the Intel driver. I'm not having any font related problems. During some of the betas, I did have some, but they were limited to poor rendering, and have been fixed for a while.

paul.

@kilgoretrout:  Paul's experience makes me wonder if you have either a bad burn or a corrupted download of VL6.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 03:41:53 am »

It's possible. However, I have the identical problem on wolvix. Also, I finally, got slack 12.1 downloaded and installed and once again, no fonts with the intel driver. In fact, slack defaulted to using the vesa driver, which worked. If it's not working off the base and two distros based on that base, I think it's pretty clearly a driver problem with that particular version of the intel driver used in slack 12.1. Also, unlike paul, mine is a desktop, not a laptop so I'm not using the mobile version. I'll post the lspci output later when I have a chance; not at that box right now. Thanks for everyone's help. I appreciate it.

Edit. Here's my relevant lspci output

Code:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

As I suspected, it's clearly a different version of the  intel 965 graphics controller.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 07:01:08 am »

kilgoretrout,

I found the same problem with a desktop that has the same video chipset as yours.
There is an updated intel driver lets see if we can get that packaged, to see if it will work for you.
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 01:35:29 pm »

That would be great. I have vector installed with the vesa driver and will look for updated packages. I assume the new driver will be made available in the gslapt repo so I will keep an eye out for it. If not, let me know where I can download the new package when it's available.
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