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Text rendering on Basic Display?

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    Text rendering on Basic Display?


    I noticed that MS/Intel won't support my Intel 915GMA drivers and in the W8 DP the surfing the web everything looked slightly too big and all the fonts look fuzzy. In the full version of 8 which I now have how is the text rendering on the basic display?

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    Welcome to the forums W8Fan, try going to Internet Options, in Advanced tab, tick the box" for Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering".
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    peabodyman


    Wow, thank you! This improved the fonts considerably on my laptop!
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    Keep in mind, without driver support you can't use your monitor's native resolution. You're stuck using a crappy low resolution, like 800x600 or 1024x768, which will look stretched out and blurry and overly large compared to the real resolution. It's never a good idea to use your OS in a lower-than-native res, because nothing will ever look accurate. Especially true if your monitor is widescreen but you're stuck using a non-widescreen res all the time.

    You will need to get a real video card (if it's a desktop) or get a new system altogether (if it's a laptop or a desktop with no proper AGP/PCI-E slot). You can get a relatively inexpensive machine if all you're doing is basic tasks on a computer, and it'd support the basic needs, such as your graphics display, without any issue.

    Note that the Intel GMA 915 wasn't even supported in Vista (2007) or 7 (2009), but those two OS had XPDM (no Aero, but could still use the resolution and XP-era graphics driver features). Windows 8 does not.
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