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My command line (and my bootsplash) in Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit is illegible. I'm on a Dell XPS m1530 (1440x900) and the command line (in non-GUI mode) is compressed, doubled (side by side on my widescreen monitor), and practically unusable. I'd really like to get this fixed if possible, but I don't know what's wrong.
I do use two proprietary drivers (one a broadcom for wireless... and the other an nvidia). Perhaps the nvidia is the issue?
I followed your link and bounced around some verbose ubuntu forums without seeing a picture.
It's a screen resolution problem, and/or perhaps a lack of a synch signal. The usual way this happens is diagonal lines. The fact that they're not diagonal suggests a lack of horizontal synchronization. I's suggest check video plugs and change the cable - borrow one from a mate if needed. Next change out the monitor. Then power off and reseat the video card.
Some distros kernels might only accept vga=0x####, so what used to just be vga=317 is now something like vga=0x0317. It's the same hex number, you just have to fully qualify it now. Or at least that's one change to my debian lenny system running a system kernel that I noticed. Which differs from debian etch, woody, and other versions I've run in the past. And there's other parameters to mod depending on your configuration if you use the newer grub2 bootloader.
Should I be worried when the file starts like this:
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
Also... do I just change this to my actual resolution (1440x900) or leave it as it is (or something else):
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set dee77000-2dfd-4281-ae0f-707456c22f9e
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
# For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
# understand terminal_output
I'm pretty sure I'm using GRUB2. This sounds kinda crazy. I might just leave it be if it's going to be a lot of tinkering --- i've messed things up quite a few times before and I could probably live with it... but it would be great to get it fixed.
Also- The "ooPresenter" is a "compiz" thing ... since when it is not enabled it displays properly.
Have a rescue disk handy to revert your changes if they don't work. The warning basically means that when you update / upgrade, your changes will be over written. Double check what resolutions are supported in either the grub2 framebuffer or the driver your kernel is using when you boot. Be prepared to redo your changes, or research your distro for the administratively proper way that they have setup for such changes to remain in effect / semi-permanent. Or just stand at the ready to redo your changes every time you update / upgrade. And/Or reconfigure your bootloader. At a minimum 1024x768 should be a safe bet, and noticeably better than 640x480.
Perhaps if you install svgatextmode, it might change something. The ubuntu forums has some good info on changing your resolutions. Even though it's probably a different distro, the configuration elements remain the same. The grub.cfg only affects grub. Once you're booting your linux kernel it's a different game. Although it looks like grub2 changes how the parameters are passed to the kernel.
Line 18: from 640x480 to 1440x900
Ran sudo update-grub
Line 36: from 640x480 to 1440x900
Line 37: added set gfxpayload=keep
Ran sudo update-grub
#This undid the work I had jsut done above in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file
Line 104: added gfxpayload=keep #much like after the same line in the above
Line 103: from 640x480 to 1440x900
#Since I might be screwing my system anyway...
Line 10: from /usr/share/images/desktop-base/moreblue-orbit-grub.png *to* /home/kyconway/Pictures/1440_Keep Calm and Cary on.jpg
Re-do "PART TWO"
This time your changes to /boot/grub/grub.cfg should keep. (and mine did)
And then I restarted and nothing had changed. Bootsplash and the Command Line were exactly the same. Lost cause?
Every time that you run update-grub it overwrites whatever changes you made to /boot/grub/grub.cfg. Hence the # DO NOT EDIT .... comment. Make the changes, DON'T run update-grub, and reboot. See if that works. See if /boot/grub/grub.cfg is as you LEFT it after edits after a reboot. Just bear in mind that if it does work, you might need to REDO those edits at any point that grub is updated or update-grub is run. This normally happens when you do upgrades, especially if you get a new system kernel and other things. There is probably a more official distro specific way to make your changes permanent. You'll have to read the documentation for your distro to find out what that is, if it's even documented yet.
Bear in mind that grub2 is still very experimental and may not work on your system, or at all. So keep a liveCD handy and other things. So you can revert your changes or just install grub 1 if you need to. Not that you will, but you might. You USED TO just pass vga=0xFFFF and some sort of video_mode=XxY type parameters directly to the kernel. Some of the newer framebuffer stuff allows for more customized looks. But you're now dealing with a video driver that is card specific and there might not be one that works for your card or your desired resolution.