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Glitchy font rendering in Firefox / Waterfox 14.0.1


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#1 Wakers


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:20

I don't know what's going on with it, the best way I can describe it as I'm scrolling down a page, or entering text into a field (like this one) the rendering on the font is changing constantly. It goes from being smoothed, to blurred, to over coloured per letter that I'm typing, almost.

I don't have this problem in IE, Chrome or Opera.

Anyone else have anything like this?

Win8 RP
ATi 6850
8Gb DDR3

I've tried the anti-aliasing tuner add on but it only changes the appearance of static text, and doesn't solve the problem.

#2 Steven P.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:25

I know what you mean, I have since switched to Chrome partly because of it, and the crappy stability issues with certain extensions (Echofon is one).

#3 OP Wakers


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:26

It's driving me nuts, honestly. I'm stuck using FF14 for work related projects at the moment, and this is the worst font rendering I've ever seen.

I aborted FF4 because of font rendering, and they seem unable to get it working anything like properly.

#4 Mayhem



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Posted 19 August 2012 - 15:20

had the same issues as other people http://forums.mozill...6015&p=12207479


taken from bugzilla link
Temporary fix:
Head to - about:config and search for - gfx.direct2d.disabled - set to "TRUE"

it worked for me

#5 HeyRatFans


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 17:17

Thanks Mayhem, that fixed my Firefox crashing randomly since I installed the AMD Catalyst drivers. Hopefully Mozilla / AMD (whoever is to blame) will get this fixed ASAP.

#6 darth_vader



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Posted 20 August 2012 - 17:26

Go to about:config and search "gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.rendering_mode", set to "2" (GDI Classic). You now have HW acceleration and good font rendering (tested on Firefox 14.01 and Palemoon 12.3 x64).