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Old 02-24-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy K Menu Too High Res


I'm running Kubuntu 9.1 (KDE 4.4) on an IBM Thinkpad T30. By default K set my resolution to the highest output of my graphics card (ATI Mobility Radeon 7500) which I was able to change via xrandr at command line, however now the K menus and taskbar appear to be set at too high a resolution of their own to properly display. The K menu and taskbar appear pixelated and unreadable. Is there any way to change this or has Kubuntu likely just installed the wrong driver for my card?
 
Old 02-25-2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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system settings --> Display

see /var/log/xorg.log

post relevant output.

you may need a custom xorg.conf for Section Monitor
 
Old 02-27-2010, 11:21 AM   #3
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I wasn't sure what parts of my config were relevant
I sent you an email with the entire file

thanks for the help
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system settings --> Display

see /var/log/xorg.log

post relevant output.

you may need a custom xorg.conf for Section Monitor
 
Old 02-27-2010, 02:09 PM   #4
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What resolution can your monitor handle, and what resolution are you set at? When I set my monitor to a higher res than it could handle (1280x1024 vs. 1024x768), Linux (and Windows as well) appeared very pixelated and hard to read.
 
Old 02-27-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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it's a 7 year old laptop. I've run XP on it with a screen resolution of 1024x768 and it looked fine. That's actually the resolution I've supposedly set the K desktop to but the menus are still pixelated

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What resolution can your monitor handle, and what resolution are you set at? When I set my monitor to a higher res than it could handle (1280x1024 vs. 1024x768), Linux (and Windows as well) appeared very pixelated and hard to read.
 
Old 02-27-2010, 08:45 PM   #6
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For LCD monitors use the native resolution of the monitor and stick to it. If the font's and objects appear to small, it could be due to your DPI setting.

For jaggy fonts, it sounds like you haven't enabled smoothing. You may also be using bitmapped fonts and these fonts might be scaled. Try the smoothing options or subpixel options in gnome's Control Center.

Last edited by jschiwal; 02-27-2010 at 08:58 PM.
 
Old 02-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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it's a 7 year old laptop. I've run XP on it with a screen resolution of 1024x768 and it looked fine. That's actually the resolution I've supposedly set the K desktop to but the menus are still pixelated
Like what the user above me said, it's probably the high DPI. Try to make it lower and see if that changes it.

Here are two screenshots of what happens with a low versus high DPI, starting with low:

Attachment 2856

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Old 02-28-2010, 10:59 PM   #8
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it isn't mild pixelation, it's very high..almost as if the refresh rate or frequency is too high. the menus are garbled, like bad reception on an old crt television

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Like what the user above me said, it's probably the high DPI. Try to make it lower and see if that changes it.

Here are two screenshots of what happens with a low versus high DPI, starting with low:

Attachment 2856

Attachment 2857
 
Old 02-28-2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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it isn't mild pixelation, it's very high..almost as if the refresh rate or frequency is too high. the menus are garbled, like bad reception on an old crt television
Can you please post a screenshot? You can take one just by pressing <PrintScreen>, and saving it with a filename. It will help more than descriptions.
 
  


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