By rickh at 2006-10-03 09:55
Seems that nowadays most distros use a splash screen to cover up all the system messages that scroll across the screen during boot-up. You usually get an option to see the detail by hitting some key or other. I'm an old man, and get some kind of comfort from watching those lines fly by, and sometimes it's very helpful.
The problem is that the default screen density at that point is something like 640x480. The lines wrap, and you can only see about 20 at a time even when they're not wrapping. It's very difficult to see a line that you're particularly watching for. You can change that screen density by modifying the framebuffer resolution, but if you try googling for information about how to do that, you will quickly be discouraged unless you're the type of person who builds his own kernels, enjoys hexadecimal numbers, and is generally smarter than me.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to do it if only you could find it. You've come to the right place.
You need to edit your "menu.lst" file. Some hand-holding distros don't think you'll be able to remember that name, so they have set you up a link named "grub.conf." Whichever you use, you need to add a kernel option.
If your menu.lst file has a line that starts out: that's the one you want. Otherwise look for a line something like:
To set the screen resolution to 1024x768, insert into the appropriate line: "vga=791"
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-2-k7 root=/dev/hda1 ro
Some common frambuffer resolutions are:
640x480 - 785
800x600 - 788
1024x768 - 791
1152x864 - 355
1280x1024 - 794
1600x1200 - 798
Isn't that nice?