Yes, it's definitely possible to do both. To set up X, edit (or create if it doesn't exit) ~/.xinitrc and add the following line:
exec xterm -geometry 132x48
Make sure that all window managers are commented out(# at the beginning of the line) in the file.
You can also change the resolution on the console, but I don't think you can specify geometry settings like in X. Take a look at /usr/src/linux/Documentation/svga.txt for more detailed info. If you boot with grub, add:
at the end of the line that starts with "kernel /boot/vmlinuz-". If you're using lilo, add the line "vga=773" on a line by itself, under the "image" header. You'll need to run "lilo -v" as root to finalize the changes.
Then reboot and the console resolution will look much nicer. To be prompted for a choice, change it to "vga=ask". There are other higher resolutions, but I don't know off hand what they are.
You may need to make some additional changes to the inittab runlevel if you boot directly into X. If that's the case, you'll need to change "id:5:initdefault:" to "id:3:initdefault:" in /etc/inittab. This will skip the graphical login (kdm, xdm, etc.)
Last edited by speck; 12-02-2001 at 05:38 PM.