18.3 auto hidpi scaling not working

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ToryWho
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18.3 auto hidpi scaling not working

Post by ToryWho » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:41 am

Greetings...

I was happy to learn that Mint 18.3 would have hidpi scaling set to auto by default. When I tested it on my MacBook, it worked perfectly.

However, I was able to snag a new Lenovo X1 Carbon for my work computer, and when I install Mint 18.3, the auto scaling feature doesn't seem to work. I have to set it to manual to get the scaling to work correctly on both the desktop and the login screen.

I know it is a minor issue, as there is a simple work around, but I will still like to discover what is preventing Mint from detecting the hidpi display and setting the scaling automatically.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

~a

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Re: 18.3 auto hidpi scaling not working

Post by JosephM » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:28 pm

Curious, what's the screen size and resolution? If I remember correctly the code to determine HiDPI or not is fairly generic. You don't always get all the info you want from certain hardware.
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Re: 18.3 auto hidpi scaling not working

Post by ToryWho » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:48 pm

Thanks for your reply.

The screen size is 14 inches, and the native resolution is 2560 x 1440.

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Re: 18.3 auto hidpi scaling not working

Post by JosephM » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:21 pm

2560 x 1440
This is the reason. Other users were reporting issues with this size. Some larger desktop monitors use this resolution and actually shouldn't be scaled by 2. Like I said the logic is a bit simple but not all hardware will give you valid info to make it smarter. Hopefully we can get a better solution at some point.
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