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Old 03-21-2005, 10:12 PM   #1
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New to Linux/having issue with tiny fonts


This is very frustrating...I downloaded the free 3 disk selection of Mandrake to play around until
my purchased full 6 disk version arrives in the mail. I'm not sure if the full 6 disk version will fix the problems that I'm already having.

I find that I prefer KDE to GNOME but I see a big difference with fonts. It seems GNOME has the correct size fonts but I don't like the plain desktop, and ugly icons etc. So I boot up on KDE which looks 100% better. What I can't understand is why the fonts on apps and some browsers are so small you can barely read it. The text on the web page is fine, but the text on the toolbars are smaller than 5 pt even though it's set at 10 or 12.

This is pretty consistent except in the Konquerer browser where the fonts seem ok.
Why are the fonts not a readble size in KDE but is in GNOME?

Please help!

Even the cut and paste feature with the right click is showing fonts smaller than 5pt.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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Your Mandrake installation probably set the monitor resolution as high as it would go. That is what it did to me on two computers. If you have Mdk 10.1 just click on the little blue rectangle by the clock - or if it isn't there use the menu
System, Configuration, Hardware, Screen Resize
When you reboot, it will go back to the high resolution. You have to make the change permanent.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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OK, I did that, and rebooted and the problem is still there

That didn't work. How can I make it a more permanent fix? I'm new to Linux so I'm not used to the system yet and my eyes can't take the size of the fonts.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:41 PM   #4
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To make the change permanent, just click on the blue rectangle and then click on Configure Display
You can set it where you want it and then click the box that says "Apply setting on startup"
 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:55 PM   #5
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Could it be that I'm not correctly set up?

Sorry to bother you, I just want to figure this out before I install the full version on my system.
Ok, that little triangle that you mentioned is not there so I went to System, Configuration, Hardware, Screen Resize, and well, nothing happened. Not a menu, not anything.
So I went into "configure your computer" for the 10th time and went into hardware/ screen resolution again and tried messing with that without any luck. I'm set at 800 x 600, and any other setting makes the desktop as a whole either too big or small.

I guess I'll try booting in GNOME to see if that triangle exists but GNOME looks fine, it's just KDE, which is the one that I want to use...
 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:58 PM   #6
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When you clicked on Screen Resize in the menu, that put the blue rectangle up by the clock for you - you just didn't notice it.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 11:06 PM   #7
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You can also adjust the font sizes.
Menu
System
Configuration
KDE
Look and Feel
Fonts
 
Old 03-21-2005, 11:17 PM   #8
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Unhappy I tried over and over, there is nothing above my clock

When I click screen resize and rotate from before, it pops up briefly in the lower task bar and is gone. I have looked over and over for a blue triangle. This is what I have in my menu next to my clock,..kwikdisk, volume, configure display (blue folder with arrows..Korganizer, KsCD, Kmail and my clock in analog. When I go back to the configure display, I've been here before, I played around with 768X576..in fact a lot of these settings..Nothing worked without distorting my overall desktop.

"You can also adjust the font sizes.
Menu
System
Configuration
KDE
Look and Feel
Fonts"

I hate to say it, but I've spent hours messing with this very area. In fact "anything" that I could find that said text or font, I've messed with.

Do I need to reinstall?
 
Old 03-22-2005, 04:24 PM   #9
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When you say it distorted your overall desktop...
what exactly does that mean?
Does it make it totally unreadable, or too big for the screen?
 
Old 03-22-2005, 05:14 PM   #10
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msladybug02

Think you may be looking for this, do some more research then you will understand your problem a little more

GTK-QT-Engine

Pete
 
Old 03-22-2005, 07:50 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by TxLonghorn
When you say it distorted your overall desktop...
what exactly does that mean?
Does it make it totally unreadable, or too big for the screen?
By distort, the main window became smaller and the window seemed to bow on the left side. About an inch of the screen was black. The desktop basically shrunk.
It was pretty weird..

I plan on just starting from scratch when the 6 disk set arrives and if it happens again after a reinstall, I'd be pretty sad at that point.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 07:53 PM   #12
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Thanks!

Quote:
Originally posted by Pete M
msladybug02

Think you may be looking for this, do some more research then you will understand your problem a little more

GTK-QT-Engine

Pete
Interesting site..I'm going to spend some time checking everything out. :-)

Thanks :-)
 
  


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