Why is text so ratty with Windows 8

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  1. readymix

    readymix Senior member

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    on my 1900x1200 desktop but fine on my 1600x1000 notebook? i've search and tried fixes to no avail. ticked is what i am at 8, at microsoft. your dead to me MS :)
     
  2. MontyAC

    MontyAC Diamond Member

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    I'm running Win 8 and text looks fine on my 2560x1440 screen. Maybe you need to adjust the font size?
     
  3. Pia

    Pia Golden Member

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    Desktop text or Metro text? Do you have Cleartype on and configured? What's the DPI and technology on the displays?
     
  4. Elixer

    Elixer Diamond Member

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    What exactly does "ratty" mean for text display ? Do you mean blurry ?
     
  5. Gintaras

    Gintaras Golden Member

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    It's called:

    iWindows8
     
  6. readymix

    readymix Senior member

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    I could but the only adjustment seems to be larger. not really what I want to do but it does help readability

    text on the desktop, confined to ie 10. windows elements such as control panel or file explorer are sharp. there too is a separate annoyance where compared to w7 (dual booting) brightness or whiteness if you will is higher as is contrast and color saturation than in w7 across all windows.

    clear type is on and I have tried adjusting it. oddly enough clear type is difficult to adjust because it offers no clear text to select. regardless, it was set at what would have been the unadjusted state in w7 before the inplace upgrade.

    24" Samsung .27 pixel pitch NVidia gts-450 or alternatively ati-4670

    not blurry in the litteral sense but inconsistent like a ballpoint pen skips ink but in every letter. or like selecting the worst option in clear type. the text in an anandtech topic is probably the worst I have seen yet, but readable. where as a full page of text like a new York times article bring a feeling of eye strain in 2 minutes.


    iAfraidso
     
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    darkewaffle Diamond Member

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    Go in the the theme or whatever and try different fonts? On my 32" TV Win8 is more readable than Win7 imo.
     
  8. Ben90

    Ben90 Platinum Member

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    Your issue just feels like a clear type problem. Have you tried turning it off completely? FWIW, Windows 7 has clear type off by default.
     
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    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    Depending on the program, the OP may be noticing greyscale AA. MS is using greyscale AA as opposed to ClearType in some locations in Win8 due to the fact that the OS needs to use an AA method that's suitable for rotating screens. You can't use subpixel AA on such screens since the relative subpixel arrangement changes as the screen is rotated, hence a more coarse method is used.

    Anyhow, it's primarily used for Metro. However it's also used on IE10 since it and IE10M are using the same rendering engine. All other desktop applications would be using ClearType.
     
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    Ferzerp Diamond Member

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    Is it win8 or is it ie10?

    I put IE10 on one of my win7 systems and the text is just all janky.
     
  12. wirednuts

    wirednuts Diamond Member

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    um, i dont think so. its always been on by default for me in every win7 install ive done.

    metro is garbage. plain and simple. i have absolutely no desire to 'updgreyyed' to win8.
     
  13. tfreed1

    tfreed1 Junior Member

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    IE10 looks okay on my Windows 7 system.