Tag Archives: gnome

Blurry Fonts on X

This is not really a blog post more a note to self. After pulling my hair out because after an update of the X-server and Gnome on my Fedora 20 box every font accross windows, window titles, app-screens more or less became unreadable blurry and fuzzy characters all over the place that were only readable with a plus 9 left and minus 9 right glasses. I had this in the past and most of the time by upgrading the latest NVidia driver the problem was resolved. Not so today. Reboots, kernel updates, NVidia driver updates, xorg.conf modifications and adjustments all led to no avail. I was at the brink of throwing the box out of the window when I read a onliner on askubuntu.com which said

“OK, so this is going to sound ridiculous. But I switched the screen itself off and on again and it is working now.”

This looked so incredibly unbelievable that I ran out into the street, wanted to start screaming but could hold myself… (barely), went back in, turned my monitor off, then back on and the problem had disappeared. Aaaarrrrghh…..

OK, coffee now… Have a nice day..



dot desktop in Gnome

OK so this one got me going for a while. Yes, did not read the Developers and Administrator guides. Maybe I should have.

This week I received a new PC with some serious grunt. Boot time takes on Fedora 17 +- 4 seconds including a shitload of daemons.

I also did not want to lose an of my settings and data so I rsync-ed the entire ~ folder from my old PC to this one. Beside the usual packages that are installed I also have some serious modified settings but one of the most annoying things I could not figure out was that many icons in the Gnome grid were reporting these square boxes and I also was missing some other icons I would have expected to be in the grid. On any normal interface you do a right-click and you get presented with a dialogue-box which lets you add/remove/muck-up these icons. Not so in Gnome-shell. It turns out you have to do this my hand by adding so call “xxx.desktop” files in the ~/.local/share/applications folder. Most app packages provide this file and yank it it there but if you have some which don’t then just copy and modify an existing one.

I do seriously hope the Gnome devs will sort this out asap since this looks like going back to the stone age.