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#1 2020-08-18 01:33:08

flbr
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[SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

The screen of my laptop is pretty small but has a high resolution, which leads to all of the windows and icons being teeny tiny. Is there a way to scale everything up? And yes, I have scaled the font up but that only helps in certain places. Any help would be lovely!

[edit]
Using xrandr to lower the screen resolution sort of works, but some things go off the edges and it resets on a reboot.

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#2 2020-08-18 02:02:51

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

Menu > Preferences > Display > arandr.

Save the settings as a shell script (in ~/.screenlayout by default).

Add the script to start in your autostart, before setting the wallpaper (Preferences > Bunsenlabs > Edit autostart):

./.screenlayout/yourscriptname.sh

Read the manpages to see how xrandr can give information about your monitor:

man xrandr

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#3 2020-08-18 02:22:29

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

Thank you!
I guess I'll just have to put up with the background and Conky being slightly off-center

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#4 2020-08-18 02:31:42

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

flbr wrote:

I guess I'll just have to put up with the background and Conky being slightly off-center

Why?

Have you used xrandr to find out your screen's state?
Have you checked out xrandr's --dpi option?
Does your monitor have hardware controls for overscan?

You can adjust conky position from the screen edge, and edit your wallpaper to fit, if all else fails.


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#5 2020-08-18 02:53:07

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

The screen state is "Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2560 x 1440, maximum 8192 x 8192
eDP-1 connected primary 2560x1440+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)", I haven't found that --dpi does much of anything, and it doesn't, as far as I can tell.

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Hmm, so dpi affects some things,  but not the actual scaling of things like windows, the taskbar, or the conky.

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#6 2020-08-18 03:37:25

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

Get your dpi with

xdpyinfo | grep -B 2 resolution

If it is eg 144, then try setting

xrandr --dpi 144

If that works then add it to the xrandr command in the .screenlayout script.

You might also look in your ~/.Xresources file and change

!Xft.dpi: 96

to

Xft.dpi: 144

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#7 2020-08-18 03:53:19

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

You are a god amongst humans

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#8 2020-08-18 04:25:39

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

So did that work?


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#9 2020-08-18 04:37:01

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

Yup! Very well

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#10 2020-09-17 21:23:47

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Re: [SOLVED]How do I scale the screen

Thats what brought me to the forums. Never had a distro that didn't save automatically when rebooting.Easy fix but I wasn't looking in the .bunsen. I was looking in .openbox and.xorg

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