Bug 33989 - X4.0.3 Font Display Very Garbled/Wrong
X4.0.3 Font Display Very Garbled/Wrong
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-03-29 23:08 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-29 23:43:08 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2001-03-29 23:08:50 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 4.0)

X 4.0.3 Has trouble displaying almost all text, 
See http://www.zip.com.au/~j_m/x4bug/bad-fonts-etc.jpg

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have XFree86 4.0.3 Installed on RH7, with SiS AGP 3d card.
2. Have XF86Config (http://www.zip.com.au/~j_m/x4bug/xf86config.1.txt)
3. startx

Actual Results:  Garbled Text (http://www.zip.com.au/~j_m/x4bug/bad-fonts-

Expected Results:  http://gtk.themes.org/php/pic.phtml?
(would be nice)

X 4.0.3 Has trouble displaying almost all text, and some graphics.
A screenshot of the problem is available 
Notice how the font problem does not effect Nautilus icons and text, but 
does effect _all_ other programs, and is very bad on all gtk+ apps. (gtk 
is 1.2.9)

The startx output is (http://www.zip.com.au/~j_m/x4bug/xoutput.txt)
Ive played around with it a fair bit, loading modules and fontpaths etc.  
You will notice a couple of errors in the in the output file, 
but I belive that this is not associated with the problem. 

Graphics on the large part remain unnafected, only visually "heavy" apps 
(like mozilla) remain "sticky" on the desktop after they have been closed 
down. I belive this could be a seperate issue, but i'm mentioining it 
anyway. :-)

I believe it may have something to do with the Xrender (aa) extention, or 
the way the xfs is loaded but I dont know how to test/disable this. 

I was going to get the latest KDE & QT (as this has the aa enabled)
to see if i can get some action, but thats going to take its time on my 

Does anyone has any other ideas, tests, troubleshooting tips, or need more 

Cheers. JM
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2001-03-29 23:43:04 EST
Additional Info:

My upgrade went from X3.3.6 to X4.0.2,
I compiled X4.0.2, and then did the X4.0.3 binary upgrade straight away
without testing, so I am unsure if the problem effects both versions.

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-30 04:12:23 EST
You are using a non Red Hat release of 4.0.3 plopped on top of 4.0.2.
XFree86 4.0.3 RPM's were out about 16 hours after 4.0.3 was official so...

The problem is with your setup most likely.  Use the latest Rawhide version
instead, or to stay current:


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it easiest for us as we don't need to rely on some remote server that may
disappear, etc..

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2001-04-01 22:09:38 EDT
Fixed with 
Option "no_accel"

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