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Old 11-09-2003, 09:45 AM   #1
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Cool Fullscreen console...


Hi People,

I don't know whether it is possible but here we go...

I have a laptop with linux running on it, I mostly will work in console mode, bad thing is that whenever I am in console, the console is not filling my complete screen I have black borders around it. It's like the resolution is too low. How can I get my console to be fullscreen without making use of X?

I tried several things with lilo, even vga=773 etc but hat just blanked my screen out. I can't think of any solutions anymore. I just want my console to be fullscreen, cos this is annoying, I have a savage video card.

TX for your suggestions
 
Old 11-09-2003, 11:35 AM   #2
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On some notebooks it's possibile to change the resolution when text mode in 2 ways...
1) In the BIOS, but that would depend on the manufacturer.
2) using some special combination of keys, (i.e. on my Dell C600 I press fn+f7).

What notebook do you have?

Ginux
 
Old 11-09-2003, 11:59 AM   #3
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...I guess it works now...

Hi Ginux, tx for the reply, enabling full screen over the bios sort of works, it basically stretches the screen, showing me very ugly fonts... and since I will be looking alot to them I prefer them to be more nice and also they are let's say "huge" in size... I have a Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook c1020. In the meantime I have also been doing some stuff to get it fixed and maybe you can confirm something for me, in the sens that is this the way to do it? Or is there a better way as well:

It's along story but well worth it I think...

To get the unstable version of Debian (is it called SID or Sarge???) I first installed Woody and than did the update trough apt-get. It worked fine but I still had the 2.4.18bf24 kernel. At boot I saw a pinguin (This is important...) I compiled a new modular kernel 2.4.22 (I will be doing the 2.6 sthng later on this week just for practice and better acpi support) and when booting it, the pinguin is gone... strange right?

I than read at www.bootsplash.org which I recognized from a morphix distro (morphix rules as well) that framebuffers are needed in the kernel. I started menuconfig and read about frambuffers (console drivers->frame buffer support) I did compile this in the kernel, and below there was an option VESA VGA graphics console, I didn't compile this one in my kernel (wish I had :-)) but the help said that if unsure to select Y and install it and they would throw in a free pinguin at boot...!

Now it started to make sense to me. The VESA VGA Graphics console was compiled in at the 2.4.18bf24 kernel, I changed the lilo.conf to vga=773 ran lilo and rebooted into the old 2.4.18kernel, guess what my console was fullscreen and so is tty2 tty3 and so on!!!! with normal sized letters. I felt like king (this is why I like linux it's a huge puzzle) So what I will do now is recompile my kernel with vesavga thing and pray it will work for 2.4.22 I will let you know!

I think I found the vga=773 setting here on the forum or on the web same goes for bootsplash website . Can you explain me what 773 means???

Tx, Ciao
 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:18 PM   #4
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773 is a mode code for the kernel framebuffer. Here are some other ones:
Code:
  	640x480 	800x600 	1024x768 	1280x1024
 256  	769 	771 	773 	775
32K 	784 	787 	790 	793
64K 	785 	788 	791 	794
16M 	786 	789 	792 	795
Read the docs in the Documentation/fb/ dir of the kernel source tree.

Håkan
 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:19 PM   #5
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Ohhh, that table didn't look good, but hopefully you will understand what I mean.

Håkan
 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:34 PM   #6
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Hi H.

Tx, am reading the doc as we speak! I can now imagine what the table should look like!

Cheers!

I like this linux thing more and more

 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:58 PM   #7
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if u wish to try the numbers at the table and considering that u r using lilo as the boot manager, at the lilo prompt u type:
linux (of course if u named it something else you should type/change "linux" for "something else") vga=791 and hit enter
u will see the linux penguin logo and the kernel messages (pretty coll and very informative stuff )
i learned something new today, from here, and that is more number combines that i can try on my lapbox
thank's you's
 
  


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