Refurb Mac: My text looks like it is fuzzy, font irregular...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by webella, May 20, 2009.

  1. webella macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions as I just got a refurbed iMac and my text (the font letters) are alittle fuzzy and almost look like a printed piece of paper where the ink is missing or irregular. Not sure it is a monitor problem as I can move the open window and the issue does not stay consistent to where the screen is (like a pixel area). It shows in gmail, documents, and email. It is showing as I typing this. Any thoughts or troubleshooting I can do before I lug this to a store? :confused:

    Many thanks in advance!
     
  2. Yaris macrumors regular

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    Could you take a screenshot to see if it shows up and post it here?
     
  3. webella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you tell me how to do that (real beginner, here!)
     
  4. Yaris macrumors regular

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  5. webella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I hear the screen shot but I do not know how to get it here.... :confused:
     
  6. POX macrumors member

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    If you are a "switcher", it´s normal, fonts on mac and pc are rendered different ways.
     
  7. Yaris macrumors regular

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    It should show up on your desktop.

    Does it look anything like this?
     

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  8. webella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here

    I think I made it an attachment...
     

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  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    Fonts look fine. OS X renders fonts differently to Windows XP and prior - OS X puts more anti-aliasing on them. Windows 7 is putting a bit on it too. Makes them replicate very closely what they will look like printed out - good for designers.

    You'll get used to it then look at a Windows XP machine and go "ooh my eyes that's too sharp".
     
  10. webella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't look fine on my side. It looks blurred and irregular and I have friends that have the same machine and the font looks perfectly good on their machine...I cannot imagine anyone working or wanting to have email and docs look like what they are coming across on my screen.
     
  11. kolax macrumors G3

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    The actual font looks different (as well in your Mail sidebar) to the standard OS X font (I believe is Lucida Grande), but I can't see that the active font in your screenshot is "blurred and irregular".
     
  12. Yaris macrumors regular

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    I think this might mean that there is a problem with the screen. Look at my screenshot. Does the text look weird like it does where you have a problem on your computer? If it's a text rendering problem then my screenshot will look different as yours.
     
  13. kolax macrumors G3

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    If his screenshot looks fine to us, then how would comparing your screenshot to his make any difference..?
     
  14. Yaris macrumors regular

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    Wow I just realized my last post was worded absolutely horribly :eek: . I really meant that he should compare his own screenshot and my own to whatever problems he seems to have if he hadn't done so already. If you have a camera it would be helpful if you could provide a physical picture of your screen as well.
     
  15. justinm macrumors member

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    Is your resolution set to the optimum resolution for your monitor?
     
  16. statik13 macrumors regular

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    Have you checked to make sure zoom is off?

    Hold down <cntrl> and move your mouse scroll wheel. It will zoom in or out of your screen. Make sure it is fully zoomed out otherwise you can get blurred text.
     
  17. jont-fu macrumors regular

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    I bet this is the problem. The size of the screen capture is 1280x800, which doesn't match any iMac screen resolution that I know of.

    To the original poster: open System Preferences, Displays, and set the resolution to highest available. 1680x1050 in a 20" iMac or 1920x1200 in a 24" iMac.
     
  18. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    This is 1280x800 res screenie. The iMac has a sharper resolution - you're not running at native.

    Change your display in System Preferences to the highest res available.

    EDIT: Yeah, I didn't scroll all the way down before I replied ;)
     

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