Often, when I start X, I am left with tiny, unreadable fonts. This is not a window manager related problem, because the problem is evident in several different window managers. This also troubles me because I cannot always reproduce the problem. I've looked around for sollutions, but so far I've had no luck. I am running the 188.8.131.52 kernel with vesa framebuffer. I wasn't sure if this could somehow be a framebuffer issue or what? I also read somewhere that if you startx without your monitor on, then x will default to a very tiny font :? I have a laptop, so this shouldn't be an issue..right? Well..let me know what anybody thinks..
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I don't know the solution, but I have a kvm and the fonts are different size if I boot focused (larger) than if I boot in the background (smaller). I assume the latter would be like booting w/o a monitor.
There is a setting in /etc/X11/xorg.conf where you can specify the monitor screen size, you could try adding that.
You need to know your screen dimensions in mm. I think 19" is 350mm x 260mm.
Here is mine for example:
Section "Monitor" Identifier "My Monitor" HorizSync 30-95 VertRefresh 50-160 DisplaySize 350 260 #width height in mm EndSection
I just put DisplaySize... in to see if it changes the kvm effect, I don't reboot much and i have some things running so I cannot test at the moment.