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Old 10-23-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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How do I change screen resolution for Fedora core2's shell?

I got Red Hat Fedora Linux 2. I want to install anything relate to textmode, which means I don't want to install anything relate to GUI because my CPU is a not fast enough to run GNOME and KDE. I don't like my current screen resolution under shell. It's a bit too big. Is there a way I can change it?
Old 10-23-2004, 02:11 AM   #2
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It's a kernel parameter. Try putting "vga=ask", reboot and see what works for you. You can also give an exact value depending on your configuration, e.g. vga=791 for millions of colours at 1024x768 resolution.



PS: This has a table giving the codes for various settings:
You can also directly specify the resolution, like so:

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How do I do it from the beginning? where would i input this vga=ask
Old 10-23-2004, 03:31 PM   #4
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I use grub to load my box. What exactly I can do to change the resolution
under console?
Old 10-26-2004, 06:32 PM   #5
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Console resolution from grub


The easiest way to do it from grub is this. Once in the grub OS selection menu. Press the key that is assigned to the add parameters to kernel. I think it's the 'a' key. But you better check. If you have grub password protected, first press p to input password and then follow the previous instruction. You will get the complete line with which grub starts the kernel. It will look something like kernel /vmlinuz-blablabla

After that line, insert a blank space " " and this is where you put in the vga=791 parameter
To make it permanent edit the grub.conf file under /boot/grub/ directory. Locate the kernel line and add the parameter in grub.conf. Hope I've helped you.


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