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Old 11-15-2001, 07:36 PM   #1
jcontonio
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Setting Res in Console?


Can I set my res bigger in console mode? I just re-installed Mandrake 8.1 and don't remember my console text being so big. I am running 1280x1024 in X, I'd like to do atleast 1024x768 in Console...
 
Old 11-15-2001, 08:22 PM   #2
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try this, your milage may vary.

me:
david@jing~>uname -a
Linux jing.quadratic.net 2.2.20 #3 SMP Fri Nov 9 23:55:36 EST 2001 i586 unknown
david@jing~>

man resizecons

<snip>
RESIZECONS(8) Linux User's Manual RESIZECONS(8)


NAME
resizecons - change kernel idea of the console size


SYNOPSIS
resizecons COLSxROWS
resizecons -lines ROWS


DESCRIPTION
The resizecons command tries to change the videomode of the console. There are several aspects to this: (a) the kernel must know about
it, (b) the hardware must know about it, (c) user programs must know about it, (d) the console font may have to be adapted.
</snip>
 
Old 11-16-2001, 12:33 AM   #3
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Take a look at the framebuffer howto over at http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/
 
Old 11-16-2001, 10:18 AM   #4
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I am not this good with linux yet to fully understand both of these things.

I mean, I know it's something I have to set, but a step by step is more of what I am looking for. like go to /this/file, edit this, edit that, restart or something....

I'll try that framebuffer howto, but it looks complicated.
 
Old 11-16-2001, 12:16 PM   #5
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I'll boast Slackware once again and say that liloconfig at least in this distro let's you pick exactly this very thing. BUT really all you have to do is go to /etc and edit your lilo.conf it will have a live that says video=xxx Mine is 788 for 800x600 console with 64kbit color. Can't remember 1024x768 but you can always set it to video=ask and you can pick when you boot.
 
Old 11-16-2001, 12:19 PM   #6
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Originally posted by taz.devil
BUT really all you have to do is go to /etc and edit your lilo.conf it will have a live that says video=xxx Mine is 788 for 800x600 console with 64kbit color.
Sorry live=line and make sure you have frame buffer support loading which you probably do. If not, it may be a module you can load or you'll have to build it into the kernel.
 
Old 11-20-2001, 10:09 AM   #7
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Under my RH 7.1 I use the word vga instead of video, and I used to use the 768 setting.

If you want these effects properly, you DO need to go through and make sure that you have frame buffer support. If you are desperate though, you can just try using one of the default ones (but they are pretty lame).

When linux loads and you see the

lilo :

prompt, type

linux vga=ask

after a second or two it will present you with some basic options and it will ask you to select one. For a few more, you can type the word 'scan' at this point. Your screen will blink a bunch of times as it cycles through some more defaults to see if your monitor/vid card supports them. Once you find a setting you like from those, you can type

emacs /etc/lilo.conf

and you will see

boot=/dev/hda
install=/boot/boot.b
prompt
timeout=50
message=/boot/message
linear
default=linux

etc...

after the line default=linux put in a line that reads vga=<your selected value here>.

If the word vga does not work for you, try the word video as indicated above.

Again, I cannot express the VAST superiority of true framebuffer support as opposed to this eye wretching desperate method I outlined for you.

HTH! =)
 
  


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