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Old 04-02-2008, 06:55 PM
Robin Laing
Default Desktop zoom not working for Fedora-8

Aaron Konstam wrote:

On Mon, 2008-03-31 at 18:23 -0400, William Perkins wrote:

There is a feature on X windows when used in Fedora-7 that allowed
you to zoom the desktop in and out using ctrl-alt-plus and ctrl-alt-minus.
This feature does not work with the Fedora-8 version of X windows. This
feture does not even work with the same xorg.conf file that was used with

This is show stopper for us. Our vision impaired users are screaming bloody
murder about not being able to use this feature with Fedora-8. We have
had to install Fedora-7 in place of Fedora-8 on those systems, and we will
have to do this Fedora-7 install on all of our servers in order to have
all systems using the same distribution version of Linux.

We understand a change to the Xorg software was made to the Fedora-8
version to accommodate users of multiple displays. This change apparently
broke the Zoom feature and on the Fedora-8 distribution the Zoom feature
was disabled. Apparently there is a patch to the X windows server that
can be used to re-enable the Zoom feature, but there appears to be no
information available that documents how you get this patch and implement
the feature.

We will be testing Fedora-9 when it is released to see if the Zoom feature
has been fixed. Otherwise, we will continue to use Fedora-7 as long as we
can until an alternative software distribution can be found, Our having
to use Fedora-7 over Fedora-8 puts a real crimp in our development effort.


Thhere is something srang going on. ctrl-+ and ctrl - will magnify and
shrink a window. Are you talaking about this or are you referring to the
capabilities you get from: System->Personal->Associative Technologies?

The CTRL+ALT+(NUM +/-) are for the whole screen. Not just a window.

Handy if you are looking at a web page that has small graphics on them
or just aging eyes like I do and need to see things bigger than normal.

It is related to the x-server.

FWIW, it isn't working on my F8 machine with a Nvidia video card.

I just looked at my xorg.conf file and I do not have an other resolution
in it. I will have to play with the resoultion in the xorg.conf file.

Robin Laing

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