I've installed Kubuntu 20.04 on my 13" 2009 MacBook Pro (model identifier MacBook Pro 5.5). This model has an Nvidia graphic card (GeForce 9400M). The native display resolution is 1280 x 800.

When I use the Nvidia driver (package nvidia-340), the KDE interface is ridiculously too big. I'm talking about the size of the desktop, widgets, window title bars, etc. This does not happen when I use the Nouveau driver (xserver-xorg-video-nouveau).

Here are some full screen screenshots that show what I'm talking about:
System settings (Nvidia): Nvidia_settings

System settings (Nouveau): Nouveau_settings

Lock screen (Nvidia): Nvidia_lock

Lock screen (Nouveau): Nouveau_lock

EDIT 23-11-2002 (new screenshots):
Display configuration (Nvidia): nvidia-display-conf

Display configuration (Nouveau): nouveau-display-conf

I'd like to know how to fix that. I want to use the Nvidia driver because my external display flickers like crazy with the nouveau driver (that's a separate problem...)

If that is relevant, I'm booting using the EFI stub loader through rEFInd.

What I've tried:

  • Booting through GRUB instead of the EFI stub loader
  • Booting with nodemodeset
  • Checking that the "global scaling" in the "Displays" section of the System Settings is at 100x
  • Changing the Rendering engine in the "Compositor" section from "OpenGL 2.0" to "OpenGL 3.1" or "XRender"

What I haven't tried yet (should I?):

  • Install another desktop manager and see if the problem persists
  • Install another display manager and see if the problem persists

Here are the exact versions of the drivers (the only two drivers listed by ubuntu-drivers devices):

Package: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
Version: 1:1.0.16-1

Package: nvidia-340
Version: 340.108-0ubuntu2
  • I can't replicate this issue on my device with NVIDIA GPU and the most recent driver package nvidia-driver-450. Can you also upload a screenshot of the settings in the "Display Configuration" System Settings Module?
    – Nmath
    Nov 21 '20 at 22:15
  • I just added those screenshots. However as you can see the settings are the same in both cases...
    – philb
    Nov 23 '20 at 15:24

Have you tried change font DPI? In font settings set force DPI to 96 and reboot.

  • this seems to have worked! Wow thanks a ton !! for bonus points do you know why I need to set this manually for nvidia but not for nouveau ?
    – philb
    Nov 25 '20 at 16:26
  • You're welcome and thanks for points. I don't know how it works. Nov 28 '20 at 20:59

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