How do I fix fonts not rendering and missing letters?

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I had the same problem on my Dell Inspiron with 5th generation i5 running Ubuntu 14.04. Luckily I found an easy solution for this. First - install Ubuntu Tweak (following commands work for installing it):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Then, go to Fonts, change Antialiasing option from Subpixels Antialiasing (LCD screens only) to Standard Grayscale Aliasing and everything seems to work fine. In fact, the problem immediately appears/disappears on changing the setting, so seems this is indeed the possible cause.

Graphical Guide — Ubuntu Tweak tool

With missing letters, you might have trouble finding the "Antialiasing" label etc. Here's a graphical guide on how the tool looks with working fonts, to help you find where to click.

In the first window, you must pick the "Tweaks" tab in the top row (third from the left — i.e. the central one), then "Fonts" (first icon on the left in the first...

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Gunther

Last Updated May 14, 2015 05:00 AM

I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 14.10 on my laptop. It appears that letters are missing from files and folders, as well as menus and configuration windows. I'm not sure where to start in order to fix this.

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I had the same problem, and found a post that suggested changing the font size of the "ubuntu" default font (had to install something called ubuntu tweaks to be able to do so). After changing the font size, everything was displayed correctly.

I still have some issues with my terminal blanking out once in a while, but just pressing enter a few times, and everything reappears. Most likely some sort of graphic driver bug, but at least the font size change fixed most of the problem for me

user385979
March 08, 2015 11:22 AM

It might be an driver issue. If you're using an Intel graphics, try installing the latest(1.0.8) Intel Graphics Installer for Linux,...

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I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 14.10 on my laptop. It appears that letters are missing from files and folders, as well as menus and configuration windows. I'm not sure where to start in order to fix this.

I had the same problem on my Dell Inspiron with 5th generation i5 running Ubuntu 14.04. Luckily I found an easy solution for this. First - install Ubuntu Tweak (following commands work for installing it):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Then, go to Fonts, change Antialiasing option from Subpixels Antialiasing (LCD screens only) to Standard Grayscale Aliasing and everything seems to work fine. In fact, the problem immediately appears/disappears on changing the setting, so seems this is indeed the possible cause.

Graphical Guide — Ubuntu Tweak tool

With missing letters, you might have trouble finding the "Antialiasing" label etc. Here's a graphical guide on how the tool looks...

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Devanagari fonts appear broken like this:

It should appear this way

I have the same problem in browsers and office applications.

It should look like this:

Is there any way to fix it?

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Install the fonts-deva package, if you haven't already done so. Then create this file:

$ cat ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d/10-prefer-devanagari.conf serif Lohit Devanagari sans-serif Lohit Devanagari monospace Lohit Devanagari

Gunnar Hjalmarsson
December 01, 2016 16:08 PM

Download Google Noto Fonts (choose Noto Sans Devanagari) and add it to Home > .fonts

If .fonts folder is not available in Home folder create it.

.fonts folder will be hidden by default. Use CTRLH to see hidden files and folders before creating a .fonts folder.

You can use other Google Noto...

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I’m configuring a new Y400 Lenovo laptop with BunsenLabs (Debian 8) Linux today, and figured I should document some of my changes here for future reference.

Install

After you boot the BunsenLabs image, don’t use the graphics installer. The text-mode installer connects to WIFI better, in my opinion. Installation was fairly smooth, but I had to change the Lenovo Ideapad Bios boot order, because my USB stick wasn’t booting.

Tint2

One of the first things I like to do with Tint2, I change the height from 30px to 18px, especially if it’s a laptop with poor resolution. Overall, the default Tint2 configuration is really excellent. Two desktops is really all you need and BunsenLabs gets this right. I also change the clock to something like this, because the default 24-hour format doesn’t make as much sense.

# Clock
time1_format = %A. %B %d, %-I:%M%P
time1_font = Sans bold 7

I also move Tint2 from the top to the bottom. After years of using...

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After resuming from a suspend, almost all text on screen is not visible. This includes menu items, text in all three boxes (list of folders, list of e-mails, e-mail body) in Thunderbird (with the curious exception of "ffl" in the File menu), top menu in Chromium (but not the menu obtained by pressing the hamburger button), and the menus produced by clicking items in the system tray. Also, the apport dialog had no text except for a few capital letters.

WORKAROUND / 'FIX' (added on March 9, 2017)
Several people have mentioned upgrading to kernel 4.8 or higher solves the issue. As per #81, you can easily install kernel 4.8 (if you're on Ubuntu 16.04, that is) by running

sudo apt install linux-generic-hwe-16.04

If you are still experiencing this issue after upgrading to kernel 4.8, please share your system details in the comments.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
* initctl restart unity-panel-service restarts the panel, but the text is still missing
*...

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This happens on Ubuntu 16.04 with i3wm, the processor is a Haswell (i54210u) with a HD 4400, using Intel drivers.

None of the tweak tools work with i3wm, how do I solve this issue.

Related to this, How do I fix fonts not rendering and missing letters?. Except with different hardware.

I have a dedicated GPU, but it's switched off via the nvidia-settings app.

lshw -c video gives me

*-display description: VGA compatible controller product: Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 2 bus info: [email protected]:00:02.0 version: 0b width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=i915 latency=0 resources: irq:46 memory:c3000000-c33fffff...
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For some odd reason, font-rendering in Chrome on Windows is slightly poorer than font-rendering in Firefox or IE on Windows 7 by default. I tried fixing the issue with several different CSS properties to no avail. Low and behold, it was a system/browser issue for me.

Here is how I fixed it:

Enabled ClearType with the default settings. Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Adjust ClearType text (on the left). Check the box entitled “Turn on ClearType.” After going through a short wizard, this will fix some of the text rendering issues in Chrome.

Enable "Disable accelerated 2D Canvas" in Chrome. This seems very counterintuitive, but if your graphics card does not have this capability, then vector objects in Chrome render poorly.

Some have indicated that upgrading the drivers for your video card have also resolved the issue, but this seemed to be the only thing that worked for...

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Have you ever tried to merge a few files and ended up with missing characters on some of your pages in the resulting PDF file? Here is a description of one of these instances – as a question posted on Acobatusers.com: https://answers.acrobatusers.com/text-missing-combining-q134046.aspx

I’ve never seen this problem first hand, and therefore was not able to find a workaround that would fix it. I’ve asked for sample files for many years, but never got anything useful. I finally struck gold and received a couple of files that show this problem.

Once I had access to a file that had missing characters, I tried a number of different things. I’ve always suggested to un-embed fonts, so that was the first thing I tried. You can un-embed fonts using the PDF Optimizer (File>Save as Other>Optimized PDF…) in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro (unfortunately, the ‘Standard’ version does not have this feature). When you bring up the optimizer, you can configure different categories. I unselected...

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