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Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:06 pm

Hello All,

I have successfully installed MINT on my son's laptop, now my question is...and I've read the manual first, is how he can make the text and graphics bigger. He can barely read the text, as it is too small.


Can anyone help?

Thanks Much!
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby richyrich on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:20 pm

Hi, Which version of Mint did you install? Main (Gnome)? KDE? Xfce? 6? 7?
As they each have a different way to change the display.

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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:37 pm

Whhoooops....should've noted that. I'm not sure; but will check and have an answer tomorrow, if you don't mind waiting for that info. I'm grateful for your quick response! I must say, I'm very happy that my son is working easily on MINT. :mrgreen: Hmmmmm....thinking back, something tells me GNOME sounds right. :? I'll have a definite answer tomorrow, though!

Thanks So Much!!!!
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby richyrich on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:40 pm

One place to look (if it is Gnome) is in Menu -> Control Center -> Hardware -> Display

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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:56 pm

Thanks much, once again! I'll try that....I'll report back either way! :wink:
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby vrkalak on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:58 pm

I am, also, hard of sight . . . . old vision. I need reading glasses for everything.

System > Preferances > Appearance > Font ... from there i can change and customise every bit of text on the desktop or page.

Being able to change any and everything on the desktop is one of the main reasons I came to Linux and Mint.
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:07 am

vrkalak wrote:I am, also, hard of sight . . . . old vision. I need reading glasses for everything.

System > Preferances > Appearance > Font ... from there i can change and customise every bit of text on the desktop or page.

Being able to change any and everything on the desktop is one of the main reasons I came to Linux and Mint.


Hi there, and THANKS! That seems to be what my son needs to do, except we can't find SYSTEM. He says we do have Gnome....
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby richyrich on Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:14 am

Hi,
It's in Menu -> Control Center -> Appearance -> Fonts.
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:09 am

richyrich wrote:Hi,
It's in Menu -> Control Center -> Appearance -> Fonts.



Got it..thanks! Can I ask you another question? One issue we're not familiar with, is how to make the web site we're looking at fit the screen. There'a a lot of background space on each side of the web site we're going to, and I have no idea what that would be called, and where to find it!

Thanks Again!!!!
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:12 am

richyrich wrote:One place to look (if it is Gnome) is in Menu -> Control Center -> Hardware -> Display

One of us will be around tomorrow . . . :D


Good Morning! As you can see, everyone's helping me deal with our newbie issues! Turns out we do have Gnome....

I'm still trying to figure how to change the screen size, I'm only guessing that's what the issue would be called.... :mrgreen:
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby richyrich on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:14 am

Hi Again . . . What display resolution are you using ? ( example: mines at 1200 x 1024)

EDIT: Menu -> Control Center -> Hardware -> Display
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:29 pm

richyrich wrote:Hi Again . . . What display resolution are you using ? ( example: mines at 1200 x 1024)

EDIT: Menu -> Control Center -> Hardware -> Display



I think we may be having a different issue....I'm not sure if I posted this here or not, but the web page is not filling the screen, (lots of empty space on the left and right side of any web page we look at) thus making the text and everything, too small. What would that be? In the meantime, I'll try to find out the res he's using.
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:18 pm

star55 wrote:
richyrich wrote:Hi Again . . . What display resolution are you using ? ( example: mines at 1200 x 1024)

EDIT: Menu -> Control Center -> Hardware -> Display



I think we may be having a different issue....I'm not sure if I posted this here or not, but the web page is not filling the screen, (lots of empty space on the left and right side of any web page we look at) thus making the text and everything, too small. What would that be? In the meantime, I'll try to find out the res he's using.



The screen resolution he's on is: 1920 X 1024. He says the ONLY other resolution choice it gives is 800 X 600, and needless to say, is way too small. Does that help any?

BTW..thanks for helping me out here!
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby DrHu on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:56 am

star55 wrote:The screen resolution he's on is: 1920 X 1024. He says the ONLY other resolution choice it gives is 800 X 600, and needless to say, is way too small. Does that help any?

He has a widescreen (landscape) display, more horizontal than vertical.. 16:9 ratio (vertical:horizontal)
--like a movie screen
Most until now web sites have shown in portrait mode, more vertical than wide 4:3 ratio (vertical:horizontal)
--like a book, newspaper, portrait photograph..
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t ... refox.html
post 8, 10 offer some suggestions..

http://www.bizzia.com/articles/tweak-fi ... it-to-169/
NA /ready for Firefox 3x yet..
His setting of 1900x1024 is not correct for a widescreen display, it is usally more like 1900x1200
If those are his only selections 800x600 and 1920x1024, then the video card settings in the desktop are probably not all they can be; That is, he doesn't have the native/binary drivers for the video card installed, and we don't know which video card, nvidia, ATI or intel etc..
/etc/X11/xorg.conf would need some adjustments for other resolutions..

Some quick checks he can do
In the terminal, check
    inxi -G
    --graphics card data
    inxi -F
    --short list of all the hardware
    glxinfo
    --first few lines for the video driver being used
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Re: Screen Resolution?

Postby star55 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:17 pm

DrHu wrote:
star55 wrote:The screen resolution he's on is: 1920 X 1024. He says the ONLY other resolution choice it gives is 800 X 600, and needless to say, is way too small. Does that help any?

He has a widescreen (landscape) display, more horizontal than vertical.. 16:9 ratio (vertical:horizontal)
--like a movie screen
Most until now web sites have shown in portrait mode, more vertical than wide 4:3 ratio (vertical:horizontal)
--like a book, newspaper, portrait photograph..
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t ... refox.html
post 8, 10 offer some suggestions..

http://www.bizzia.com/articles/tweak-fi ... it-to-169/
NA /ready for Firefox 3x yet..
His setting of 1900x1024 is not correct for a widescreen display, it is usally more like 1900x1200
If those are his only selections 800x600 and 1920x1024, then the video card settings in the desktop are probably not all they can be; That is, he doesn't have the native/binary drivers for the video card installed, and we don't know which video card, nvidia, ATI or intel etc..
/etc/X11/xorg.conf would need some adjustments for other resolutions..

Some quick checks he can do
In the terminal, check
    inxi -G
    --graphics card data
    inxi -F
    --short list of all the hardware
    glxinfo
    --first few lines for the video driver being used




Ok, we'll get to work on that. It may be a few days before I can report back, though! Thanks for the help...I hope we can figure this out!!
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