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Old 10-26-2005, 03:29 AM   #1
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how to change font resolution in xorg xserver?

i just installed a dual head with two different monitors. a 19" and a 15" monitor wit resolutions of 1280x1024 and 1024x768.

It works fine with kde and some programs, but there is something strange. Programs that adapt their font settings to xservers config, like firefox or thunderbird, show so big fonts (in menus etc) that you cant see something. In thunderbird you can change the resolution manually to 72dpi, which looks good, but not in every program... How can i configure my x server to have 72dpi as standard?

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startx -- -dpi 100
for example ...

Old 10-27-2005, 03:58 PM   #3
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thank you. that works.

And i found out also that i had to make following procedure to make it automatic (if someone has the same problem):

start the xserver with my resolution, i.e.:

startx -- -dpi 72

then in a terminal, type "xdpyinfo" which shows Under dimensions your size in mm.

then, in xorg.conf, in section "Monitor", add the line

DisplaySize x y

where x and y are the sizes in mm that xdpyinfo showed.


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