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I have an old laptop with Slackware 9.0 installed on it. It is a CLI only system, no X is installed.
Everything works fine except that text doesn't wrap on the command line.
What I mean is, that if I type to the edge of the screen, instead of the command line continuing to the line under the first one, the text appears on the same line as the starting point, and overwrites what I first typed.
I hope that makes sense.
What is the cause of this problem, and how can I fix it? As it stands any commands that are longer than a single line are hard to execute, at best. And the resolution on the screen is low in the first place, so most commands go off the screen.
One thing I did notice though, which is going to be tough to describe...
Alright, this laptop have very old video hardware, the result of which is that getting a full-screen image is nearly impossible. It is always in a sort of letter-box. There is about an inch of black on the top, bottom, and right side of the screen. I think this black space is causing the problem.
If I just hold a key, and let it go to the end of the "letter-box" the text starts back on beginning of the current line, however when going over the line a second time, the text goes past the normal black border, and right to the edge of the LCD. When it hits the edge of the LCD, the text properly wraps to the next line.
So, I see two solutions for this. Either I need to get the text to always go to the edge of the LCD, ignoring the usual black border, or get the system to recognize the border as the end of the line, instead of the edge of the LCD.
Any ideas on how to get the machine to do either of those?
I tried adjusting the columns and rows with that command, but the system seems to ignore it. For example changing the columns to something low (15-20) doesn't have any effect. The text still goes as far as it did before.
Any idea why my console has ignored every command we have thrown at it?