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Old 05-04-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Best approach for unreadably small fonts on small high resolution screens?


I just installed Slackware-current 64 on my new Asus Zenbook UX21A last night (goodbye and good riddance, Windows 8!). This ultrabook has a 1920x1080 native resolution on an 11.6" screen, so of course everything is REALLY small.

To make my console fonts readable so I could set everything up, I appended "video=640x400" to the lilo config. That makes my eyes feel better, but I am not sure it is the *right* way to handle it.

Also, for inside X, I could go through and change the size of all the fonts, but is that also the appropriate way to deal with this? I am wondering if there is a better way I do not know about.

How are others dealing with issues like this on the newer small high resolution screens?

Any thoughts or information would be welcome.
 
Old 05-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Hi,

Look at Dugan's homepage for some useful setup information/techniques.

EDIT: for fonts; http://duganchen.ca/writings/slackware/fonts/

Last edited by onebuck; 05-04-2013 at 11:34 AM. Reason: forgot link to fonts
 
Old 05-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Changing screen resolution to a non-native one is suboptimal, especially on LCD/TFT displays.
I'd recommend to install terminus-font and set the appropriate glyph size.
For console (set by KMS at boot process) in /etc/rc.d/rc.font like
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setfont -v ter-v22n.psf.gz
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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For X you need to first ensure it has the right dpi settings.

Handy section on X and dpi :-
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...y_Size_and_DPI

Handy calculator to work out your screen :- (yours is 190dpi which is extremely high)
http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html
 
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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Thanks, that is extremely helpful, especially the terminus-font and the dpi settings. I was thinking I needed to figure out the dpi, but I had no idea what to set it to. I put it at 190 and now everything is perfect!
 
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Try "startx -dpi 120", where 120 is whatever font size you want. For reference, 96dpi is Windows standard. 120 is oversized.
 
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Try "startx -dpi 120", where 120 is whatever font size you want. For reference, 96dpi is Windows standard. 120 is oversized.
Thanks Dugan. It looks like on my system I have to go even higher than 120. The 190 given by the above calculator works nicely.

Nice webpage, BTW. Very good overview of fonts in Slackware.
 
  


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