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Fresh Installation Launches With "Block" Font #460

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BzowK opened this Issue Jun 6, 2015 · 5 comments

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BzowK commented Jun 6, 2015

Hey Guys -

Trying to find a good looking and straightforward app that will scrape, manage, and play my large list of ROMs (12 consoles) and found EmulationStation. Testing it on my Windows 8.1 (x64) PC, but will eventually run on RasbPi2.

Downloaded latest release, installed using default settings, but when launching it; got strange block letters font. (full screenshot below). May be due to being connected via RDP. Wanted to report and see if there was a fix. Verified all config files seemingly exist in profile path.
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Thanks!

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jeborgesm commented Jun 7, 2015

I had this exact problem with a fresh installation on Windows 8 on a 32 bit laptop.

After making some research I found out the problem is the way EmulationStation handles the display.

My problem was solved by installing DirectX9 and updating the nVidia drivers to the latest version because Windows 8 had originally assigned some generic drivers based on an Intel chipset.

On Jun 6, 2015, at 12:50 PM, BzowK notifications@github.com wrote:

Hey Guys -

Trying to find a good looking and straightforward app that will scrape, manage, and play my large list of ROMs (12 consoles) and found EmulationStation. Testing it on my Windows 8.1 (x64) PC, but will eventually run on RasbPi2.

Downloaded latest release, installed using default settings, but when launching it; got strange block letters font. (full screenshot below). May be due to being connected via RDP. Wanted to report and see if there was a fix. Verified all config files seemingly exist in profile path.

Thanks!


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BzowK commented Jun 7, 2015

Thanks for the reply -
Interesting that fixed it for you. I also do gaming (high end - not emulation) on the PC, too; so know that DirectX is installed and up to date as each Game installation verifies that. Also, I use Nvidia's Geforce Experience for GameStream which keeps my drivers up to date and actually just installed a new version yesterday. I tried running ES before and after the update. (specs below) Think the issue may be RDP, though, as I haven't yet tried it when at the system locally. Let you know what I find. If it is RDP, may be an issue as 95% of the time I spend on that box is remotely. Thanks

System Specs

  • Intel i7 3770k / 16gb RAM
  • OS (Win 8.1 x64 - Fully Patched) installed on SSD disk (256gb Samsung Pro)
  • Nvidia GeForce 660 3gb RAM / Driver: 353.06 (Previously 352.86)
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jeborgesm commented Jun 8, 2015

With those specs EmulationStation should run with no problems. Try running locally without using RDP. In my experience RDP uses generic display settings and that could be the issue. You could try to find a way to make your RDP session to use your nVidia card and accelerated graphics. I have to clarify that I am no expert on EmulationStation, just an enthusiast and I have not tried it using RDP myself.

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Fortyseven commented Nov 14, 2016

For what it's worth, I just had this problem the other day when building from source. When I gave the Raspberry Pi more video ram in /boot/config.txt. Once I did that, all the block-font issues vanished and it worked fine.

gpu_mem=128

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ramon-rocha commented Jun 23, 2017

Just wanted to confirm that I ran into this issue today using RDP but everything displayed normally when connected locally.

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