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Readable text *and* good graphics

 
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I've got a new laptop where graphics look like crap at anything other than the highest resolution. Since the screen is wider than normal, anything other than the highest option in the Windows screen resolution chooser distorts the image. There's an option under "Advanced" that lets you mess with the DPI, but that causes graphics to look hideous.
The problem is that text, at the highest resolution with 96DPI, is too small for comfort. Choosing larger fonts in "Display Properties - Appearence" doesn't seem to have an effect on anything but the Windows XP theme. IE does a pretty poor job when you request larger text (the text in a text area is no bigger, for example) and on a quick look some dialogue boxes in random applications are really tiny too.
Is there any way to get readable text in Windows XP at high resolutions? The distorted images when I change the DPI to get text size improvement are extremely ugly and I'd prefer not to see them if I can help it.
 
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Dunno the answer to the general question, but for web browsing you can replace IE with Mozilla or Opera and get much better response on text size. You also get tabbed browsing, which is pretty cool.
Otherwise, good luck, and enjoy the new toy...
 
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For web browsing I'll install Mozilla Firebird, but I haven't done that yet. The mouse gestures plugin is pretty cool also, and the google search box is pretty convenient.
Otherwise, good luck, and enjoy the new toy...
 
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