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Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Charles River
Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 05-27-2003 21:51

Sometimes my browser renders the pages okay but sometimes it renders them badly - usually when the background is dark. I have no idea why this is happening. If some smart soul has a clue, please, let me know for I'd love to fix this problem. Below is a picture showing the differences between the correct and the wrong way sthe texts are rendered in my system.

Rinswind 2th
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Den Haag: The Royal Residence
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 05-27-2003 22:26

What did you do to the bad rendered fonts compared with the good ones?
that could give some clou.. for instance size could be a problem.

"Art has to be forgotten. Beauty must be realized."
Piet Mondriaan

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Charles River
Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 05-28-2003 01:24

What do you mean?
I have cut and pasted, into the sample above, parts of the same page. Sometimes it's rendered perfectly, sometimes it's rendered badly. As I said, I have no idea why my system renders the same page differently.
I have had an idea: I will take a look at how Netscape or Mozilla render the pages; also, I think that the problem occurs mostly in this site that I have developed as a final project for a course. It has style sheet switching on-the-fly and maybe this is triggering some problem.
I am really confused.

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Charles River
Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 05-29-2003 00:43

I think I have found the problem. Well, if not the problem, at least a solution.
After some tests, I started suspecting that the video driver was to blame (it's the most recent release, btw). So, I played with the advanced controls of it (I have an ATI AIW 8500DV) and I found out that, in the Display Properties dialog, Advanced button, then Troubleshoot tab, then the slider Hardware acceleration. It was fully to the right. I slided it to the left one division, enough to show up a message saying "Disable cursor and bitmap accelerations". After this, I don't have that problem anymore.
Does anyone know what are the implications of not having cursor and bitmap accelerations? What am I missing?

Maniac (V) Inmate

Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 05-29-2003 03:18

viol, glad you fixed the problem. I was wondering about what was going on myself. I have never had it happen but if I do then I know how to fix it

It seems that by adjusting this it lets certain things render "better". I did a good search for "cursor and bitmap accelerations" and it popped up a few things that had the same problems. It doesn't look like it will do any harm, only good.



~Binary is best~

Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Inside THE BOX
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 05-29-2003 14:22

I believe I used to have a similar problem (as well as a friend of mine) and I believe it was also with an ATI card. The fonts would render badly or transparencies would render incorrectly. If I opened another window over it, then switched back, they would be okay.

I haven't noticed any problems with more recent cards, though. Is this an older ATI card?

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