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macbook retina resolution
« on: April 06, 2014, 05:12:17 am »
After some playing around in virtual box, I now decided to do a full install on my mac book pro 13 retina (11.1)
The problem is that, in  full resolution (virtual box did not support that), the mouse pointer and several texts, buttons etc are too small to read/click.
In Ubuntu, I just increase DPI from 96 to 140, and this helps a lot. In Peppermint 4, I cannot find the dpi setting.

Any suggestions?
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 05:58:37 am »
To adjust the dpi you'd need to create an xorg.conf file.

But if you just want to adjust the icon and font size

Icon - Open your file manageer, and go to:-
Edit > Preferences > Display
and adjust the icon size in there

Font - in the menu, go to:-
menu > Preferences > Desktop Preferences
and adjust the font size under the "Text" heading.
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 05:58:50 am »
You can check your current dpi resolution with...
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xdpyinfo|grep res
To set it...try
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xrandr --dpi 118x118
** Replace 118x118 with your desired resolution

NOTE: The second command doesn't always work with
      nvidia cards

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Will the second command not work?
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 08:58:10 am »
Thanks for your quick and accurate replies!

The xrander command works, and I'll put it in the /.xprofile  to make it persistent, thanks a lot.
After some other tweaking with font size and icon size, it is almost comfortable to work with. All text us more or less readable.

Two things still bother me:
1) the size of the buttons on the windows (close, resize etc) and the size of the mouse pointer, they are still too small to click in a comfortable way.
2) Each and every window I open needs to be resized on a continuous base, as the text does not fit, and the window does not remember its last state.

Any other hints on this? is there a bigger theme available?
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 10:54:08 am »
Try this .. create a file at ~/.Xresources

And make it read something like:
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Xft.dpi: 96
Xft.antialias: true
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight

Then log off/on.

Obviously you can adjust the
Xft.dpi: 96
line if necessary.

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http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1486
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 11:20:54 am »
This does not work. There seems to be a general linux issue with these hi-res screens, and maybe we should give it some time...

Some programs offer good font configuration:
dolphin can be configured better than pcmanfm
slimboat browser  is a chromium family member, but it has a lot more to offer in respect to font configuration.

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« Last Edit: April 06, 2014, 01:55:02 pm by eaz »
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 10:17:11 am »
Just popping in to say that very high resolution screen support is not something I ever expect to see in LXDE. Being 100% realistic, with the impending switch to QT, I'll be surprised if there is any new support for anything at all in the GTK version. This is something we'll need to address for Peppermint Six.
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Re: macbook retina resolution
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 03:43:24 pm »
Today, i've installed Ubuntu 14.04LTS in a virtual box.
Pretty impressed how smooth the high res has been solved, almost anything scales neatly...
Hopefully Pep 5 or 6 can benefit...
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