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Old 02-19-2004, 08:09 PM   #1
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kernel upgrade - startup font bigger


i just upgraded the kernel to 2.6.2 on a dell laptop. with 2.4.22, that was installed along with slack 9.1, the font size on boot was pretty small, but now after the upgrade, its huge. its a ati radeon video card, which i installed support for included in the kernel.
what controls the font size or video driver right after lilo ?
 
Old 02-19-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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that has to do with the options you picked in the kernel compile. OR the lilo.conf could be it. To be honest, i've never really worried about getting the font back to a smaller font size ... because if it fails it fails horribly.

That said, check the option you are after in the kernel compile configuration is Graphics support -> console display driver support.

Try finding out more info, but from memory that's where the thing is at.

I just tried that lilo.conf issue here, and the kernel now defaults to normal if it fails, rather than just have a complete hissy fit. In short you are safe playing around.
 
Old 02-19-2004, 09:19 PM   #3
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well, i'm recompiling right now, so i guess we'll see what happens.
thanks for the suggestion
 
Old 02-23-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Ok, sorry about this. The information i gave above was extremely pessimistic. I did the whole thing this morening ... So here's what happened:

(phew ... i thought i'd lost the piece of paper)

In the kernel configuration you need to go into Graphics support, from there enable support for Frame buffer devices, in particular you should add Vesa VGA support.
Still in the Graphics support section you should probably add console driver support.

Lastly, and i really don't know if this is relevant, add a boot logo... according to the help comment in Vesa VGA support that shouldn't be needed (but hey, save the time of recompiling the kernel coz you needed it).

Finally, installing the whole kit and kaboodle (modules, bzImage System.map etc) you need to address /etc/lilo.conf

in there is a line which looks like "vga = normal" you'll need to rem that line and add a line that tells lilo what resolution you want to use ... vga = XYZ

Presumably, if your computer was starting with an alternate resolution on boot, you still have that line intact anyway, (it don't kill your system anymore if that's wrong).

That should do the trick.
 
  


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