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    Angry Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Hi all,

    I have Ubuntu 13.04 and a problem with my screen after installing gnome 3.8.

    I started by installing the gnome-shell and everything was fine.
    Then after I installed :ubuntu-gnome-desktop

    I noticed immediately that the font in the top bar was much sharper than usually in both gnome 3.8 and unity.
    Now when I run gnome or unity I get terrible eye strain.
    A pic, but maybe it is hard to see from it.
    IScreenshot.jpg

    IS there someone else that has had this problem?

    My dpi settings
    xrdb -query | grep dpi
    Xft.dpi: 96
    xdpyinfo | grep dots
    resolution: 90x88 dots per inch

    I have modified the xdpyinfo using xorg.conf to 120x120 but that has no effect on the font
    size in gnome.

    I have basically tried everything (I think) , except from reinstalling ubuntu.
    Tried nvidia drivers from 3.04, 3.10 and 3.13. Uninstalling gnome 3.8 has no effect. This is probably some setting somewhere but I'm out of ideas.

    It is hard to describe this but I get tired after only 30 min of using the computer vs whole day before.

    Some ideas?

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    The fonts are actually quite okay when at the login screen.
    After I log in I see the fonts changing and becoming extremely sharp.

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Have you tried changing the font setting in gnome tweak tool?

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Yes I have, but not sure what to modify there. The fonts are the same as I have at home and it works fine there, so I think the problem is with something else.

    Currently I have
    Text scaling factor 1.0
    Hinting: slight
    Antialiasing Rgba

    Default font: Ubuntu 11
    Document font Sans 11
    Monospace font Ubuntu Mono 13
    Window title font Ubuntu Medium 11

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    The Hinting setting is usally one of the first I change to 'full' on any Ubuntu based install and has a big effect on system fonts. Since you mention sharpness maybe this will have some effect. If not, I wish you luck to fix your problem.

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    It becomes a little bit better by modifying the hinting but does not fix it.
    The fonts in the top bar are still much sharper and smaller than before

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by edcv View Post
    Yes I have, but not sure what to modify there. The fonts are the same as I have at home and it works fine there, so I think the problem is with something else.

    Currently I have
    Text scaling factor 1.0
    Hinting: slight
    Antialiasing Rgba

    Default font: Ubuntu 11
    Document font Sans 11
    Monospace font Ubuntu Mono 13
    Window title font Ubuntu Medium 11
    Try grayscale antialiasing - it is better than RGB on my rig.

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Thanks for the tip!
    I tried that for and after a while I noticed my emails where not as easy to read. So Rgba worked better. But a nice suggestion.

    I removed /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css and installed gnome-shell again.
    That increased the size of some of the text.

    Also by adding ubuntu to
    stage {
    font-family: ubuntu, cantarell, sans-serif;
    font-size: 11pt;
    color: white;
    }
    in gnome-shell.css the text became more consistent and the notification text at the bottom became larger but the text showing the software on the left, when hovering over the buttons became smaller again.

    There seems to be something in the .css files for the gnome shell.

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    Re: Eye strain after upgrade . . . . some ideas?

    Doesn't seem to be the .css file. I took the gnome-shell.css file I have at home. I have a screen there with the same resolution / inch and it looks much better there. Something else that is messing with my screen and fonts.

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