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Gem
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how to change text color in Firefox on laptop w/win7?

How do you change text colors in Firefox on a new HP laptop running windows 7 64bit OS?

I've tried changing text colors using "Options" and by unchecking the box that says "allow websites to use their own colors", but the text remains a light blue that is very hard to read.

We don't have this problem on a much older laptop running Windows XP, by the way.

What we'll like is to be able to set the text to black instead of light blue. Maybe then we'd be able to see it.

The text in "Options" in Firefox is already set to black, but it shows up as light blue on every webpage.

Any suggestions?


plencnerb
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Is it all text, or just links? I know I've not made modifications to that area, and any links will show up in blue. Normal text shows up in black.

How do things look using another browser? I ask as it may be a windows issue (Video Driver maybe?).

--Brian

Gem
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It's all text that shows up in blue, not just the links.

The same thing happens in Internet Explorer. Text is blue there, too, rather than black.

I can't find an option anywhere to change that.

Perhaps it is a windows 7 problem rather than Firefox?

Or may an HP problem rather than the browser or the OS?

Still looking for a solution no matter what the source of the problem is.


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MarkRH
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Hmm.. if it's happening in both IE and Firefox this certainly points it towards not being a browser specific issue. What about text in other applications like Notepad, Wordpad, Windows Explorer windows and so on.

Might go into Windows Display Preferences and try turning off ClearType.

Maybe it's related to hardware acceleration or video drivers? Bizarre.


Grail Knight

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Which version of Fx and have you started Fx in Safe Mode and tried the options panel text color options as well as clearing your Fx cache?
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Gem
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It "sort of" happens in notepad and word pad too, but to a lesser extent. In those programs the font is a "light black" rather than a dark black.

But in the browsers all the fonts are in various shades of blue with some lighter than others. That's true on web pages and also true for characters that one types such as this message.

Perhaps it is due to the laptop having no video card and no video chip, just a processor with video functions built into the cpu?

The processor is an amd A6 3420.

The display is a typical laptop display. Perhaps LED rather than whatever the previous technology was called. It was purchased early this summer. It's always been washed out and light like this. All of those in the store looked the same way come to think of it. But in the store we couldn't get on the Internet and couldn't view actual web pages. Just images that the store displayed. It was a big box computer/electronics store.

Gem
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said by Grail Knight:

Which version of Fx and have you started Fx in Safe Mode and tried the options panel text color options as well as clearing your Fx cache?

The Firefox version is 15. Font color still looks various shades of blue in SafeMode just the same as in regular mode.

Font text color is set to Black in the Options panel, but shows up as almost everywhere.

Fx cache has been cleared.

One place the font color is truly black rather than blue is my user name "Gem" on DSLR. There is does show up in black some places.


plencnerb
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said by Gem:

It "sort of" happens in notepad and word pad too, but to a lesser extent. In those programs the font is a "light black" rather than a dark black.

But in the browsers all the fonts are in various shades of blue with some lighter than others. That's true on web pages and also true for characters that one types such as this message.

Since you appear to be having the issue in notepad as well, that would leave me to believe that it is either a driver issue, or a setting of your display that is causing this.

Lets start with the model of the laptop. You have already told us it is an HP, but if you could provide the model number, we can research and see what video card should be present. While it may not be a stand-alone video card as its a laptop, it is probably one that is built-in to the mother board, and would function the same way as far as drivers and settings (Windows will still see it as a "Display Adapter" in Device Manager).

Then, if you could post a screen shot of your actual video card driver properties (example is the pic I posted) then we can make sure that the right driver is installed based on what is actually in the unit. This will also help us verify if you have the most recent version of the driver.

The other option would be that a setting may need to be changed in your display properties. MarkRH See Profile made the suggestion to look at your setting of "ClearType". You may want to take a look at that and see if you change it if it makes any difference.

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Gem
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Computer Properties says the laptop is an HP Pavilion G6 notebook PC even though it is a full size wide screen laptop.

Computer Properties says the Processor is an AMD A6 3420M APU with Radeon HD Graphics.

Device Manager says the Display driver is AMD Radeon 6420G and that the driver is up to date. (I tried to update it, but got a message that it is already "up to date".

Driver version is shown to be 8.900.7.1000 dated 9-28-2011.

I don't know how to disable clear type in Windows 7 and don't recall how to post images here or I'd post and image of the full tab that shows the above information.


Grail Knight

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This is how to adjust clear type in Win7.

Open Windows Control Panel and you will see the Display button.

Click it then look to the left and you will see Adjust Clear type Text option.

Click that and then uncheck the box to use Clear Type.
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Gem
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Okay, thanks. Got that now. Here's an update with good news.

1) Clear type is on. Turning clear type off made it worse.

2) We found a feature in Windows7 accessibility options to "increase contrast". Checking that box made it much better. We can live with the all blue text now.

Thanks again to all who helped and offered suggestions.

This is much better now.


Grail Knight

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You are welcome.


MarkRH
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Curious.. do pictures look correct? The color of people's faces and so on? I found this labelled color test image: »www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~loarie/te···lors.gif

Just to make sure your Video Chipset and Monitor/Screen are displaying raw colors properly. If not, maybe something is out of adjustment with either the video card's color settings or the monitor/screen's.

Gem
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Everything looks right on that color chart.

Apparently the problem with the text color was a windows problem rather than a firefox or hardware problem.