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#1 2015-05-20 17:07:10

jaredbiel
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Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Hello,

Has anyone experienced font smoothing issues since installing the latest (43.0.2357.65-1) chromium? It's so bad for me that it's forced me to downgrade. Screenshots here: http://imgur.com/a/Fn7Qy (top 2 are version 42, bottom two are version 43.) Also, other UI elements are behaving strangely with this version. Context menus and the settings menu open up on another monitor rather than where they should. The page loading icon looks downright bad (recording here: http://gfycat.com/DisgustingTallBlackrussianterrier)

After searching around, I'm not finding other people with these same issues so I'm thinking it may be limited to Arch/something with my config. However, I wouldn't be surprised if these are upstream issues since just downgrading chromium fixes everything. I looked at the PKGBUILD changes and it seems that the only change (other than the version bump) is the inclusion of a webm library (libvpx.)

Thanks

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#2 2015-05-20 18:09:15

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Hi, have exactly the same problem as you also downgrading brings me back to "normal" fonts.

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#3 2015-05-20 19:07:15

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Same thing here.... It might be related to the new HiDPI support on linux.


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#4 2015-05-20 19:31:46

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

@LeCrayVert - thanks for the pointer! I've launched chromium 43 with the argument "--force-device-scale-factor=1" and things are a lot better. I run three monitors using the nvidia proprietary driver and the large-ish number of pixels must be triggering chrome to go into HiDPI mode.

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#5 2015-05-20 19:31:53

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Yeah, wow,  43.0.2357.65 looks really wacked out on my display as well... haven't found a good solution despite 20 min of googling it.


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#6 2015-05-20 20:18:05

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI


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#7 2015-05-20 21:17:50

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Yesterday or the day before that my Chromium installation got upgraded to version 43. Next time I booted the PC everything in the browser was looking huge.  http://i.imgur.com/m7Mb3ya.png Not only websites (it's not zoomed in), but the UI as well - tabs are wide, buttons are big, the menu for some reason decides to pop on the monitor that is located to the right of the window. Besides the big size, all UI elements and web content look proportionally alright.

According to google other people have encountered a similar problem, but long ago; there are even bug reports. The proposed solutions of toggling some settings in about:flags yielded no result.
Some of the solutions mentioned DPI values, but I have no idea how that works. I'm using KDE4 and the only DPI settings in KDE's System Settings is for fonts; besides, all other applications look alright. 

EDIT: Actually, some web page fonts and some menus do look a bit blurry.

Last edited by spupy (2015-05-20 21:19:17)


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#8 2015-05-20 21:40:19

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Already a thread on this: with a fix https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=197624


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#9 2015-05-21 03:48:16

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Same problem here, including the missing icon at the xfce4-panel.

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#10 2015-05-21 09:20:59

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Thanks, @jaredbiel. "--force-device-scale-factor=1" does the trick.

The application icon is also missing in the mate window list and application switcher.

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#11 2015-05-21 11:49:31

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Same issue. This happened after system update to 4.0.4-1-ARCH. All windows have large fonts.

See https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=197483
and https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=197626

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#12 2015-05-21 12:32:37

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

The --force-device-scale-factor=1 switch brings the UI back to normalish but the font is still huge. I might have changed something last time the UI/fonts messed up that is interfering know. However, does anyone else have a console output similar to this?

Fontconfig warning: FcPattern object size does not accept value 11(i)
Fontconfig warning: FcPattern object size does not accept value 11(i)
[2578:2578:0521/142230:ERROR:url_pattern_set.cc(240)] Invalid url pattern: chrome://print/*
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile
[2578:2653:0521/142230:ERROR:get_updates_processor.cc(243)] PostClientToServerMessage() failed during GetUpdates
[WARNING:flash/platform/pepper/pep_module.cpp(63)] SANDBOXED
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile

I haven't had time to google it yet and have to run now but maybe there is a hint there?

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#13 2015-05-21 15:03:52

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Really an atrocious hi-dpi implementation.

I set the --force-device-scale-factor=1 flag in kmenuedit for now.

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#14 2015-05-21 15:49:11

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Since upgrading from chromium 42 to 43, I experience very weird anti-aliasing effects. This affects:

* The UI of Chromium itself (see the back/forward/refresh icons in the screenshot)
* Some webpages: See Tweetdeck on the screenshot: Tweet fonts are blurry while the icons in the left sidebar are crisp. Browsing the web it seems that some fonts are fine and some aren't.

https://drop.rami.io/aynxS/

X server DPI setting seems fine. Any ideas?

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#15 2015-05-21 15:56:10

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Looks like 1440p on 27" is already HighDPI enough, since it looks good out of the box but on my old laptop with 720p 15,4" display I also have washed out fonts.
Thanks for the device scale factor flag hint.

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#16 2015-05-21 15:59:17

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Hi raphaelm, please don't embed large images in your posts.

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#17 2015-05-21 16:39:20

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

I have exactly the sam problem :-( If I downgrade to version 42, it workds as expected.

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#18 2015-05-21 17:03:50

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Merging with the existing thread...


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#19 2015-05-21 18:48:19

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

BluntObjectNo4 wrote:

Thanks, @jaredbiel. "--force-device-scale-factor=1" does the trick.

+1 for me on my 2560x1440 display but not on my older 1680x1050 display.


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#20 2015-05-22 08:03:25

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Things got better when in System Settings / Application Appearance / Fonts set Force fonts DPI to 96.

Odd that I updated VirtualBox VMs on 3 host systems and only one system had this issue. The 3 host systems are W7, W8 and Arch. The problem was on the W7 host system. The other variable is the 3 monitors. On problem W7 host screen size 1920/1200. On W7 and Arch using 4k monitors.

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#21 2015-05-22 11:40:39

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Seems to be an issue with DPI settings that are not a multiple of 96 or something like that.

Executing

xrandr --dpi 96

and restarting Chromium fixed the issue for me.

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#22 2015-05-31 10:10:10

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

mckeeh3 wrote:

Things got better when in System Settings / Application Appearance / Fonts set Force fonts DPI to 96.

I can confirm this fix. Worked for my 1680x1050 monitor, with KDE on jessie.
Unfortunately I had it set to 120 for a reason, so now all other menus on my system seem slightly smaller than they should sad

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#23 2015-06-05 05:30:46

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Had the same issue. I used these flags and it got fixed.

--high-dpi-support=1 --force-device-scale-factor=1

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#24 2015-06-10 05:22:08

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Is the assumption that Chromium will eventually get good font/bitmap rendering at different DPIs? Because X is correctly detecting my DPI as 107 and I feel weird forcing it to 96 since it makes everything look smaller - not just Chromium.

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#25 2015-06-12 05:11:52

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Re: Chromium 43.0.2357.65-1 font issues and huge UI

Still have the same issue in bspwm window manager after upgrading to the latest version: Version 43.0.2357.125 (64-bit). Any suggestions?

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