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Old 01-28-2005, 04:47 AM   #1
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Unhappy multi-colored unreadable text on LCD monitor


In all window managers other than GNOME, for some reason, all text appears garbled with multi-colored bits floating about them. Here is a screenshot where you can see the whole mess.

In GNOME, I chose the "best shapes" option from the applications>preferences>font menu. As a result, the garbled text (as shown in the above screenshot) becomes fixed.

But, when I try run KDE and turn on/off the "sub-pixel hinting" from kontrolcenter>appearance>font, nothing happens. The text is still garbled (like in the above screenshot).

I've searched the web on-and-off for 2 months on this topic without success. Please help!

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Old 01-28-2005, 12:57 PM   #2
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I forgot to mention, the text-garbling only occurs when using the DVI video cable with my LCD monitor. When I use a VGA video cable, the text in GNOME, KDE, etc. looks normal.

So, somehow GNOME is able to produce normal display with both DVI and VGA cable. I do not know what configuration files I have to edit to have normal display within any window managers.
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Angry fonts...

I am also facing the same problem. Mine is Dell 8600( Inspiron 8600) laptop and I installed Fedora Core 3(Gnome) on it. Though I changed the preferences in

applications-> preferences -> font

my text still appears garbled. I selected the option "subpixel smoothing(for LCDs)".
Do you know what I have to edit. Is that we have to edit the file "font.conf" that resides in Fonts folder.


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Old 01-28-2005, 07:56 PM   #4
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solution found!

Good news, I found a solution (over at Fedora Forum: ).

The problem deals with something called "subpixel hinting", which is explained by

The solution involves adding the following to your ~/.fonts.conf file:
<match target="font">
<edit name="rgba" mode="assign"><const>none</const></edit>
For example, my ~/.fonts.conf file looks like this:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<match target="font">
<edit name="rgba" mode="assign"><const>none</const></edit>
Hope that helps.


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