Problem with erratic font sizes

Pam R pamroberts at
Mon Dec 23 21:38:41 GMT 2002

On Monday 23 December 2002 19:34, Rainer Wirtz wrote:
> Am Montag, 23. Dezember 2002 08:23 schrieb Chris Arrowood:
> > I have noticed some strange behaviour lately.  I do not know if this
> > is a KDE problem or an X problem.  Any input you can provide on this
> > would be appreciated.
> >
> > Often (but not always) when I login to KDE the first time after
> > booting my fonts are very small.  I'll adjust them and move on.
> > However, when I restart X and log in next time (with out rebooting)
> > my fonts are much bigger and I'll have to size them back.  I thought
> > that maybe X was just starting in different resolutions but xvidtune
> > confirmed that the resolution was the same in both cases.  (Is there
> > an altrernative way besides xvidtune to determine for sure what
> > resolution I am in?)
> There was a discussion on this recently on alt.os.linux.suse. Search
> www:// for "Small fonts on kde startup"

Could be because X tries to read the screen dimensions from the monitor on 
startup and calculates the dpi from that. If it can't get the dimensions for 
any reason (bad monitor or just because the monitor isn't up and running at 
the time) it seems to default to 75dpi. The 'fix' is to specify the screen 
dimensions in the "Monitor" section of XF86Config by including a line like
  DisplaySize  320 240
The dimensions are in mm. and those shown here are for a 17" screen.

Pam R
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