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Old 08-11-2004, 01:26 PM   #1
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Question wine + MSO 97 + SUSE 9.1 Pro: font problems

Flavor: SUSE 9.1 Professional (fully updated)
Video drivers: Generic VESA 1024x768x16 @ 75Hz, KDE 3.2
Video chipset: [on-board] Intel I815 (i810)
WINE version: 20040213 (from pre-compiled SUSE RPM)
Font aliasing enabled in KDE Control Panel. No subpixel hinting or excluded range settings enabled.

My boss wants to deploy Linux workstations loaded with SUSE 9.1 Pro across the
entire business. We'll be setting up some 50+ machines with identical hardware,
probably do a HDD image, &c. He wants MS Office 97 running under wine, though,
for compatibility reasons. (Upon proselytizing him in the way of OOo, I found
out that he already favors it over MS anyway, but can't switch because the higher-ups
aren't willing to commit yet.)

Wine installs great, and so does MSO97. (For future reference, if anyone is
using this, make sure Setup doesn't install the Office Assistant--they'll slow
your windowing system down to a crawl.) Running WINWORD.EXE through wine is
flawless, pretty quick, no problem. But then when I start typing to test out
the interface, it's apparent immediately that something is wrong with the fonts.
The first line of text--regardless of the kind of font, everything from Times
New Roman to Tahoma--is fuzzy, very blurred out and almost clipped where the
serifs are. (For instance, the tops of capital letters are truncated and that sort of thing.) Then, when I hit Enter to go to the next line, then
start typing, *nothing* shows up at all. If need be I can take a screenshot.

Any ideas? Note that I've tried disabling font anti-aliasing for KDE to no avail. Thanks for your time.

- Michael


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