Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

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Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#1 Postby outlaw » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:43 pm

My old eyes are making it harder and harder to comfortably use my current monitor configuration.

Once upon a time it was possible to use the MEPIS assistant to change this value however this utility does not seem to be available with MEPIS 11.

Several questions:

-- Where (xorg.conf?) and how (no clue -:) do I change the default value of "96x96"?

-- I believe "96x96" & "120x120" are standard values ... are intermediate value possible?

A few complications (parameters) may complicate a standard reply:

-- Xfce is my default desktop not KDE.

-- A dual monitor setup (primary 1920x1080, secondary 1280x1024) using Twinview

Thank you in advance for any suggestions and advice offered

Tom

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#2 Postby KrispyKritter » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:48 pm

120 gives the largest text.

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#3 Postby kmathern » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:56 pm

Goto System Settings > Application Appearance > Fonts

There is a 'Force fonts DPI' dropdown selector from which you can pick disabled, 96 or 120.

It doesn't list any intermediate values.

It looks like the setting gets stored in a ~/.kde/share/config/kcmfonts file, you might be able to fudge the number there.

edit: I am able to get other values by editting the ~/.kde/share/config/kcmfonts file. The change doesn't take affect immediately like the changes from the dropdown selector do, I needed to restart the KDE4 session. ( there might be some command you can run in the run command box or konsole to 'apply' the change )

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#4 Postby outlaw » Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:41 pm

Thank you for your response kmathern, however this solution only applies to a KDE environment.

I added the following lines xorg.conf in the Device Section:

Option "UseEDIDDpi" "FALSE"
Option "DPI" "120 x 120"

Which seems to be ignored ...

Perhaps it is a bug with twinvivew?

Not ready to give up just yet ...

Tom

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#5 Postby kmathern » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:38 pm

outlaw wrote:Thank you for your response kmathern, however this solution only applies to a KDE environment.

I added the following lines xorg.conf in the Device Section:

Option "UseEDIDDpi" "FALSE"
Option "DPI" "120 x 120"

Which seems to be ignored ...

Perhaps it is a bug with twinvivew?

Not ready to give up just yet ...

Tom

What other environments do you want the larger fonts/text in?

I'm sure there are different solutions for other desktop environments such as xfce, gnome, etc. if that's what you mean.

If you instead mean the command line console, that would involve changing something with the framebuffer/KMS settings and xorg.conf would have no affect there. The change might be as simple as choosing a different vga=xxx value, but it would depend on what your video hardware is.

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#6 Postby uncle mark » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:55 pm

outlaw wrote:My old eyes are making it harder and harder to comfortably use my current monitor configuration.


I gave up on trying to force my monitors to use a lower resolution and/or messing with the DPI, and instead just adjusted fonts and icon sizes and text sizes within apps until I got things where I could see them properly. Took a bit of getting used to at first, but it's all good now.
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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#7 Postby outlaw » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:20 pm

First things first I would like to apologize for leaving this thread hanging for so long, life prevented my from playing with my toys recently.

I finally and grudgingly gave up trying to adjust my systems DPI value globally using xorg.conf.

kmathern you are correct Xfce does provide a means to change the DPI value, however not all applications are affected.

uncle mark I've started to apply your solution by adjusting the font size for individual applications using whatever tool I can find.

I'm using Firefox and I like to minimize the number of Add-ons I load for maximum performance and stability. However I now consider NoSquint to be a mandatory Add-on.

Tom

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Re: Changing DPI Values MEPIS 11

#8 Postby JimC » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:37 pm

outlaw wrote:...However I now consider NoSquint to be a mandatory Add-on.


Neat. I just installed it and like it.

Thanks for the tip.


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