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Old 04-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Geir Helland
Default Unreadable small font in gdm login gui

Package: gdm
Version: 2.20.5-0ubuntu2
Severity: normal

The GDM login window uses extremely small fonts, so the username and
the text in the GDM menus are completely unreadable.

Tested with default theme + circles theme, both have the problem.


/etc/gdm/gdm.conf as originally installed.
/etc/share/gdm/themes/<foo>/<bar>.xml all as originally installed.

Using proprietary nvidia driver, screen resolution switched from
1920x1080 to 1280x720 using the "Nvidia X Server Settings" app.

No other changes made to the X configuration.

Extracted from Xorg.log
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "MetaModes" "1280x720 +0+0"
(II) NVIDIA(0): "1280x720+0+0"
(II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1280 x 720
(II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "1280x720+0+0"

Graphics card details:

00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 7050 PV / nForce 630a (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Unknown device 349f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
Memory at fd000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at fc000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at feac0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers hardy-updates
APT policy: (500, 'hardy-updates'), (500, 'hardy-security'), (500, 'hardy')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-16-generic (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=nb_NO.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=nb_NO.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gdm depends on:
ii adduser 3.105ubuntu1 add and remove users and groups
ii alsa-utils 1.0.15-3ubuntu2 ALSA utilities
ii console-tools 1:0.2.3dbs-65ubuntu7 Linux console and font utilities
ii debconf [debconf 1.5.20 Debian configuration management sy
ii gksu 2.0.0-5ubuntu2 graphical frontend to su
ii gnome-session The GNOME 2 Session Manager
ii gnome-terminal [ 2.22.1-0ubuntu2 The GNOME 2 terminal emulator appl
ii libart-2.0-2 2.3.20-1 Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii libatk1.0-0 1.22.0-0ubuntu1 The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii libattr1 1:2.4.39-1 Extended attribute shared library
ii libc6 2.7-10ubuntu3 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii libcairo2 1.6.0-0ubuntu1 The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii libdbus-1-3 1.1.20-1ubuntu1 simple interprocess messaging syst
ii libdbus-glib-1-2 0.74-2 simple interprocess messaging syst
ii libdmx1 1:1.0.2-2build1 X11 Distributed Multihead extensio
ii libfontconfig1 2.5.0-2ubuntu3 generic font configuration library
ii libfreetype6 2.3.5-1ubuntu4 FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii libglade2-0 1:2.6.2-1 library to load .glade files at ru
ii libglib2.0-0 2.16.3-1 The GLib library of C routines
ii libgnomecanvas2- A powerful object-oriented display
ii libgtk2.0-0 2.12.9-3ubuntu2 The GTK+ graphical user interface
ii libpam-modules Pluggable Authentication Modules f
ii libpam-runtime Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii libpam0g Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii libpango1.0-0 1.20.1-1 Layout and rendering of internatio
ii librsvg2-2 2.22.2-2 SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii librsvg2-common 2.22.2-2 SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii libselinux1 2.0.55-0ubuntu4 SELinux policy enforcement, run-ti
ii libwrap0 7.6.dbs-14 Wietse Venema's TCP wrappers libra
ii libx11-6 2:1.1.3-1ubuntu2 X11 client-side library
ii libxau6 1:1.0.3-2 X11 authorisation library
ii libxdmcp6 1:1.0.2-2 X11 Display Manager Control Protoc
ii libxext6 2:1.0.3-2build1 X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii libxi6 2:1.1.3-1 X11 Input extension library
ii libxinerama1 2:1.0.2-1build1 X11 Xinerama extension library
ii libxml2 2.6.31.dfsg-2ubuntu1 GNOME XML library
ii libxrandr2 2:1.2.2-1 X11 RandR extension library
ii lsb-base 3.2-4ubuntu1 Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii metacity [x-wind 1:2.22.0-0ubuntu4 A lightweight GTK2 based Window Ma
ii xbase-clients 1:7.3+10ubuntu10 miscellaneous X clients - metapack
ii xterm [x-termina 229-1ubuntu1 X terminal emulator
ii zlib1g 1: compression library - runtime

Versions of packages gdm recommends:
pn gdm-themes <none> (no description available)
ii ubuntu-artwork 41 Ubuntu themes and artwork
ii ubuntu-sounds 0.6 Ubuntu's GNOME audio theme
ii whiptail 0.52.2-11.2ubuntu1 Displays user-friendly dialog boxe
pn xserver-xephyr | xnes <none> (no description available)
ii xserver-xorg 1:7.3+10ubuntu10 the X.Org X server
ii zenity 2.22.1-1 Display graphical dialog boxes fro

-- debconf information:
gdm/daemon_name: /usr/sbin/gdm
* shared/default-x-display-manager: gdm

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