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Old 10-08-2006, 09:58 AM   #1
lotusjps46
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Tiny Fonts on everything including log-in


This is an older install of Suse 10.1 on an AMD Athlon 1.3gig CPU, and Nvidia video card. It was working perfectly until last week when I came home to find that the text on the log-in screen was about one pixel high. It looks like tiny dots. This includes all the names of users, and when you type in the text boxes to log-in, that is tiny also.

After I have logged in, the icon names and menu text are also tiny. Text in windows, like Firefox, is good but text in the taskbar in KDE is tiny. In other window managers like Fluxbox and IceWM the text is also tiny.

The last thing I did before this happened was that I connected to the system with VNC over an encripted tunnel through PuTTY from my MS XP box at work. It worked fine, just like it always does. I closed VNC and PuTTY when I was done. I do this all the time, with no problems.

Also, when I connect using PuTTY and VNC again the text is NOT tiny. It is only a problem on my screen at home.

I have googled and searched the web and this site and there are no answers to be had. Adjusting font sizes in KDE does NOT fix the problem.

Can someone tell me what sets the font size when the system first boots? Any ideas for fixing this would be appreciated.

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Old 10-08-2006, 11:01 PM   #2
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Ok, I fixed it. I used Ctl-Alt-F3 to get to a terminal, logged in as root, and did

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.confOLD

Then I edited /etc/inittab , changing the default run level from 5 to 3, the rebooted. This gave me a command line only system.

Then I logged in as root, and ran "sax2". Sax writes over your xorg.conf file, which is why I made a copy with cp. I guessed at most of the items sax asks about, and when it was done I used "startx" to test it. The fonts were good now, but alot of other stuff was not good (resolution, screen shape, no nvidia driver).

I had noticed that there was a file in /etc/X11 called xorg.conf.backup, so I did

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.confFromSax2

just to save a copy, and then did

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf

to replace xorg.conf with the backup. I then ran "startx" and the fonts looked good. I went back to /etc/inittab and changed from run level 3 to 5, and rebooted.

Everything came back good. Somehow I have lost some of the configuration I had done in KDE, but the fix was just redoing it with the KDE tools.

So why or how did xorg.conf get borked? Any ideas?
 
Old 10-10-2006, 06:03 PM   #3
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Well, Ok, so I did not fix it. When I enable the NVidia driver I get the tiny fonts again. If I use the nv driver the fonts are good but I cannot use 3D acceleration (no Google Earth). I reinstalled the Nvidia driver but that did not fix it.

So does anyone else have any ideas?
 
  


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