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I am not even really sure how to ask this question, but here I go.
I few days ago I booted my computer, IBM ThinkPad X21, and noticed that the fonts on the GRUB screen were like, two points larger than they had been. As the system installed I saw that same enlarged fonts during bootstraping. My system loaded just fine. However, I switched to a shell and there again the fonts were all whacked. They went from a '10' to a '12'. This is very strange.
I do not remember making any changes that would have affected this. I do not know even where to look to change them back. I checked in my BIOS settings and there was nothing there to control the size of these fonts. I hope I am making sense. I am running mdk10 on stated computer.
Can anyone direct me to the right file or script that would have this information? This is not a critical issue, however, I would like to discover how the change occured, if possible. At the least I would like to fix this error.
If you start X from the console command prompt, type:
$ startx -- -dpi 100 -depth 16 # v4.x syntax
Or these options can be stored in ~/.xserverrc. See the startx and xinit man pages for more on this.
If you use xdm (or friends such as gdm) for graphical logins, you'll want to edit your
/usr/X11/lib/X11/xdm/Xservers file (or possibly /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers) which will have the
command line for the Xserver in it. Mine has the line:
:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X -dpi 100 -gamma 1.6
You want to specify a value that is compatible with your monitor's output.
More information is in the X, Xserver, xdm, xinit, and startx man pages.
This won't change your font settings when X isn't running, but I'm not sure where those are specified. If you spend a lot of time there, I'll do some more digging.
Note: don't just try these commands before checking your config files to make sure they won't make your monitor implode. Incorrect settings can do bad things
Last edited by rose_bud4201; 05-11-2004 at 10:12 AM.
All right, sometimes I am just a big idiot. Now, I don't claim to know what I am doing but this one was just dumb. I went back through my BIOS set up, looked through everything, line by line. The problem was there after all. Specifically the "HVcontrol". This horizontial/vertical setting was enabled, thus the shell fonts were enlarged. Of course they were. D'oh! I disabled it and voila that nice, pretty, small font size returned. I must have hit that control when I was in there changing the power settings for my laptop. Linux rocks!
Thanks everyone for traking down that information for me. I did a lot of reading and know a hell of a lot more that I did yesterday. Hopefully, one day I can return the favor.