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    very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    Hi,
    For some time now (actually, since I migrated to KUbuntu) the fonts at "log in" / "start up" are way to small to read.

    After start up / log in every thing is normal.
    Normal or proprietary drives makes no difference


    Current setup:
    Kubuntu 9.10 64 bits
    Ati Video card
    Monitor: Sony LCD screen (a TV)

    help is appreciated

    Kind regards,

    Bloemetjesgordijn

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    When X (the graphical environment) starts, it tries to autodetect your screen dimensions and figure out what dpi setting (dots per inch) to use for fonts. The de facto standard is 96, but someone somewhere thought it'd be nice if fonts were the same physical size on all screens everywhere, instead of being the same pixel size everywhere. Sometimes this dpi lookup doesn't really work out and you get insanely huge/tiny fonts.

    What you can do is to tell kdm (the login manager) to start X with an argument telling it to specifically use a dpi of 96, or other sane value of choice.

    Open up /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc in a text editor with superuser permissions, such as by running 'kdesudo kate /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc' from a run box (Alt+F2) or a terminal. Find the section that has this line and add the bit in bold green.
    Code:
    ServerArgsLocal=-br -nolisten tcp -dpi 96
    Just make a text search for 'ServerArgsLocal'.
    ...

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    Thx Zorael

    for your explanation. I will give it a go and see if it works.

    Thx again

    Kind regards

    Bloemetjesgordijn

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    Thx it worked like a charm

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    How would that work in an Ubuntu 10.10 environment?

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    For Ubuntu and other spins using GDM, I think you can add that -dpi 96 argument to /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc instead.

    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    exec /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -dpi 96 "$@"
    I haven't tried it myself so it may not work, though. From what I can tell GDM seems to have moved away from using a conventional gdm.conf file.
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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    Quote Originally Posted by Zorael View Post
    When X (the graphical environment) starts, it tries to autodetect your screen dimensions and figure out what dpi setting (dots per inch) to use for fonts. The de facto standard is 96, but someone somewhere thought it'd be nice if fonts were the same physical size on all screens everywhere, instead of being the same pixel size everywhere. Sometimes this dpi lookup doesn't really work out and you get insanely huge/tiny fonts.

    What you can do is to tell kdm (the login manager) to start X with an argument telling it to specifically use a dpi of 96, or other sane value of choice.

    Open up /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc in a text editor with superuser permissions, such as by running 'kdesudo kate /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc' from a run box (Alt+F2) or a terminal. Find the section that has this line and add the bit in bold green.
    Code:
    ServerArgsLocal=-br -nolisten tcp -dpi 96
    Just make a text search for 'ServerArgsLocal'.

    hey

    exact above was the solution for the problem with small font size in google-earth... strange....

    thanks a lot

    reagards
    thomi

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    Re: very small fonts @ startup screen / login

    Thx for the help!


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