This issue may be related to Syslinux 6.02, which has been identified and fix in the latest ISO. See https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=173665 and https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=172588 for further information.
have you seen https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=149711perhaps not directly related as some posts talk about KDE gnome but there's a link to another similar issue as well. I tend to run KDE or console only and haven't had to mess with anything like this.
So, after 2 years I have found the solution for this problem.http://sourceforge.net/p/conky/bugs/341/found through our own wiki https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Co … charactersWhy I couldn't find it earlier was because the entry was made on 15th june 2013 :https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php?ti … did=262916Marking this as solved and hope the patch is accepted upstream.