[mythtv-users] text in certain fields became too tiny after X glitch
gajs-f0el at dea.spamcon.org
Tue Feb 15 16:48:07 UTC 2011
This problem refers to a mythbutnu 10.04 FE/BE machine that has a pretty
low-resolution (800x600 max), 31" CRT monitor hooked to it. I'm using the
mythcenter SD theme, btw--the only theme I've found that displays sanely
on this low-res monitor.
I recently added an hvr-1600 capture card to the system which, I
subsequently discovered, conflicts with the nvidia graphics card I have in
this machine. I found the fix for that conflict (adding vmalloc=256M to
the kernel's boot parameters) and was able to get the video working more
sanely. But I'm now left with certain artifacts: parts of mythfrontend are
being displayed with text that is way too small to read. A more detailed
rehearsal of the issue follows.
So, I got the hvr-1600 card and put it into the machine and booted up. I
was greeted, on appearance of the gui, with a pop-up window telling me the
computer had booted into low-graphics mode (apparently unaware that my
monitor will only do low-graphics mode anyway). I presume the vesa driver
is used when the machine runs in this mode. That presented some problems
in that many of the dialogs with which I was presented were simply
illegible: I think the text must have been something like 6 or 4 points
and, on a monitor this big and with such low resolution, there was simply
no possibility of reading it. I got past that dialog and once mythfrontend
came up, things looked fine for the most part. But when I went to add and
configure the new capture card, some of the pop-up dialogs with which the
system presented me were also in very small type--though just big enough
to read at just the right distance from the screen. So I was able to add
and configure the card, then research the low-graphics issue and implement
the fix listed above.
I assumed that, once I would be able to get the nvidia driver to load, the
tiny text issue would resolve itself. I find, however, that it persists.
Most of the text is of a legible size--the same size as it's been since I
set up this system. But certain elements display in tiny text and are
nearly illegible. Pop-up windows, for example, such as appear when I do
channel scans in mythsetup, are in this tiny text. But also certain
elements of mythfrontend suffer from this problem, e.g., the clock in the
upper righthand corner in the program guide; it's just way too small to
read except at about 3 feet from the screen.
I should point out that, from the time I set up this machine until I added
the hvr-1600 and experienced the video issues I've described, no text
displayed in the tiny font that now plagues certain components of the
display. The clock in the upper-right of the program guide and all pop-up
dialogs were in a normal, legible font size. So this issue was apparently
precipitated by the machine reverting to low-graphics mode. And it now
persists, even though the graphics issue that apparently triggered it has
Can anyone offer suggestions about how I might get those elements that
display in a tiny font to display in a more normal-sized font?
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