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    Fonts and Video Drivers

    Hardware :
    Processor: P4 3.2 Ghz
    Memory: 1GB RAM
    Storage: Seagate 250GB
    Video: Onboard - Intel 82915G/GV/910GL

    Greetings, I'm no stranger to mythtv or ubuntu (been running both for almost a year now), but I've encountered a problem i've never seen before. I was previously running MythTV under Ubuntu 6.10 with little problems - I've currently installed the latest version of Mythbuntu.

    During the installer the xorg.conf uses "vesa" for the video device. This is what I'm currently using and it provides a useable desktop. This produces very small fonts (almost unreadable) and somewhat choppy video playback. The related entries in the xorg.conf is something similar to:

    Code:
    Section "Device"
            Identifier      "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller"
            Driver          "vesa"
            BusID           "PCI:0:2:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Generic Monitor"
            Option          "DPMS"
            HorizSync       30-70
            VertRefresh     50-160
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier      "Default Screen"
            Device          "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller"
            Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
            DefaultDepth    24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth   24
                    Modes   "1280x720"
            EndSubSection
    EndSection


    Now using these next section(s) in the xorg.conf, i get insanely huge fonts, but the video play back is MUCH smoother.

    Code:
    Section "Device"
            Identifier      "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller"
            Driver          "intel"
            BusID           "PCI:0:2:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Generic Monitor"
            Option          "DPMS"
            HorizSync       30-70
            VertRefresh     50-160
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier      "Default Screen"
            Device          "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller"
            Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
            DefaultDepth    24
    EndSection

    I've found that setting the actual resolution in the "Screen" portion doesn't really help, and in fact can sometimes result in an unsupported display mode for my monitor (which i should probably mention is a Polaroid FLM-3232 HDTV). But the obvious change between the two conf files is "vesa" vs. "intel". I assume using the generic driver results in the choppy playback, and using the intel one - which is correct for my onboard video - results in the better playback.

    The one thing i can't figure out, is' what's up with the font size differences. I've installed everything from the default repos relating to freetype fonts, but that doesn't seem to help. Has anyone had this same problem? or does anyone have any insight into this? I really don't think it has anything to do with interpreting the resolution since the icons and everything else in mythtv seems ok - just the fonts are big for some reason.

    I couldn't get screenshots working when i've had a large font. So I've attached some photos for reference. On the login screen you can see the huge font in the small textbox, and you can see the huge fonts on the menu as well. Any help or insight into this would be greatly appreciated!
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