Xorg: Xserver connection refused

Austin Haedicke bio photo By Austin Haedicke Comment

I ran into a quick little issue today and wanted to document the solution for myself.

After an upgrade and reboot, SLiM did not load correctly on it’s usual TTY. I manually logged in via console and attempted $ startx. I was met with an error about the xserver connection being refused. This was confirmed in /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

Thinking logically, I checked ~/.xinitrc to see if there was anything wonky or misconfigured. It was not (tested by commenting out everything except window manager deployment).

Next, I checked if I had a video driver installed (not sure how that would slip through the cracks though!).

austin @T530 ~  pacman -Qe | grep intel
xf86-video-intel 1:2.99.917+831+ge7bfc906-1

Just as a litmus test I uninstalled the package and rebooted to see if the issue persisted. It did. So, I reinstalled the video driver and looked in /var/log/slim.log for more information and found:

slim: waiting for X server to begin accepting connections
Giving up.
slim: unable to connect to X server

Thanks to some quick Googling (used smartphone) the quick fix I found was to $ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Then reboot and things worked as normal.

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