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Typeface rendering is very bad compared to Internet Explorer

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When viewing webpages, the rendering of typefaces is bad (blurry) compared to (for example) Internet Explorer. This makes reading information very tedious and tiring. I have screen shots to prove my point.

My machine is not new: its an IBM/Lenovo Think Pad Z61m. I am running XP with all updates and have just updated all drivers etc for the machine.

Because I am running XP I cannot use a newer version of IE than 8 - and 8 can't handle everything on the net these days. I was planning to switch to FireFox, but if this cannot be fixed I will have to look into Chrome instead.

Chosen solution

Changing the setting from Standard to ClearType fixed it!!

THANK YOU!!!!

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finitarry 157 solutions 2178 answers

Have you tried modifying the gfx font setting in the about:config page?

  • gfx.use_text_smoothing_setting = true

What do you use for layout.css.dpi?

-1 = Use the host system’s logical resolution or 96, whichever is greater

jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
2387 solutions 21091 answers

Apologies that the initial posting form doesn't let you show your screenshots, but if you reply the thread, there is a file uploader below the compose box for that purpose.

TheOldFox 110 solutions 619 answers

Helpful Reply

Do you have "Clear Type" font smoothing enabled?

Chosen Solution

Changing the setting from Standard to ClearType fixed it!!

THANK YOU!!!!

Question owner

Sorry, but this is far too technical for me. I don't know what any of that means.

Question owner

Since the problem was solved by using the ClearType-setting, I won't be needing to upload the files.