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Old 03-24-2004, 07:07 PM   #1
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Certain fonts too large on Mandrake 10

Hey all,

I just scrapped my Mandrake 9.2 and 2.4 kernel for the new 10.0 Community w/ the 2.6 kernel and KDE 3.2. My pain right now is fonts. I'm running at 1920x1200 resolution on my Dell Inspiron 8600. I've spent a good deal of time tweaking my XF86Config-4 to be where it is right now, and for some reason the fonts are just huge. So I went into KDE and was sure to reduce every possible font, including "all fonts" down to something small (6). That fixed the problem in many places, including the start menu and taskbar. But, many, many applications still have plain HUGE fonts in the File,Edit,etc. dropdown menus and other places. Firefox, GAIM, and Thunderird, for example, are huge. I went to the Font settings for each of those apps and set them as small as I could but w/ no luck.

Do I maybe need to add some lines to my XF86Config-4 that point to where the fonts are on my machine? I've seen that before. Any other reason why certain fonts would just be gigantic? I'll attach my XF86Config below in case anyone has any ideas or sees other flaws in it. I installed the nVidia driver using the kernel source and nVidia installer, so that's what everything is set to.

# File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer
#Load "GLcore"
#Load "dri"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"

Section "Modes"
# 1920x1200 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 93.97 kHz; pclk: 246.59 MHz
Modeline "1920x1200" 246.59 1920 2064 2272 2624 1200 1201 1204 1253 +hsync +vsync

# 1920x1200 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 107.10 kHz; pclk: 282.74 MHz
Modeline "1920x1200" 282.74 1920 2072 2280 2640 1200 1201 1204 1260 +hsync +vsync

# 1920x1200 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 127.10 kHz; pclk: 337.58 MHz
Modeline "1920x1200" 337.58 1920 2072 2288 2656 1200 1201 1204 1271 +hsync +vsync
Modeline "1280x800" 107.21 1280 1360 1496 1712 800 801 804 835
Modeline "1280x800" 123.38 1280 1368 1504 1728 800 801 804 840
Modeline "1280x800" 147.89 1280 1376 1512 1744 800 801 804 848
Modeline "1680x1050" 147.14 1680 174 1968 2256 1050 1051 1054 1087
Modeline "1680x1050" 188.07 1680 1800 1984 2288 1050 1051 1054 1096
Modeline "1680x1050" 214.51 1680 1800 1984 2288 1050 1051 1054 1103
Modeline "1680x1050" 256.20 1680 1800 1992 2304 1050 1051 1054 1112
Identifier "16:10"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
HorizSync 31.5 -100.0
VertRefresh 30.0 - 90.0

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nvidia"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
VideoRam 65536

Section "Device"
Identifier "device2"
Driver "nv"

Section "Device"
Identifier "device0"
Driver "vesa"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1900 1200

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1900 1200

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1900 1200

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1900 1200

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"

Old 05-01-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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Hey mate,

I have exactly the same problem and have been trying to figure it out for a few days. It's quite strange....if I find a solution I'll post it up here for you.

Old 12-05-2004, 04:31 PM   #3
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Hi guys,

I'm having the same problem with SuSE 9.2 on my inspiron 8600. I initially set up X11 with the standard "nv" driver (with no 3D support) and all the fints in KDE were nice and small. Since then I have upgraded to the proper nvidia driver with 3D support...and the fonts are HUGE !

I'd also appreciate any info that you might get regarding this....and will let you know if I find somethign out !




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