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New Linux user. Firefox 3 displays awful fonts

#1 User is offline   osom 

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:00 PM

Hi, I am new at Linux, using Mandriva 2009 with Gnome, KDE and Xfce installed together.

Firefox displays horrible fonts in the 3 systems. I have Firefox with the default fonts. I have tried to change them manually and didn't get better. I have FreeType installed plus adjusted my Mandriva for the best font quality display in the Font Manager. I have all the Windows fonts too, a total of 100 fomnts installed.

Firefox looks absolutely horrible. The fonts not only look ugly but the sizes are absurd. Usually too small, unreadable many times, but the size of a same site changes every day...

Any idea to improve this?


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Posted 06 December 2008 - 01:05 PM

Fonts look good on my Mandriva 2009, I didn't do anything special, default fonts and default config, maybe all those extra fonts you installed caused this, or did you see it since before installing them?
Have you tried creating a new user and starting Firefox as that user, to make sure it's not something in your Firefox config?
It could also be a X windows dpi setting problem, do a:
grep -i dpi /var/log/Xorg.0.log

and post the output you get.
Maybe also post a screenshot of firefox with the horrible fonts, to show us what you mean.
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#3 User is offline   medo3891 

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 03:57 AM

You might consider enabling Antialiasing in the kde control centre, also try changing the hinting style to full, you can also try increasing the DPI of the system.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:01 AM

Is your display a flat panel ? If so, is it set to its native resolution ?

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:01 PM

See if the following link gives you some useful tips. http://avi.alkalay.n...howto/Font.html

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