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Old 12-18-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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A question about framebuffer consoles...

I'm running Slackware 13.37 on a new mac mini which is connected via HDMI to my Sony 50 incher. My Sony is like 5 years old so naturally it has an overscan.

I understand that I can modify my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file but right now, my concern is fixing the console.

I remember using Backtrack 3 and booting into framebuffer text mode to where there is a background image acting as a frame to the text console. If I can do this, it would compensate my overscan so that I can read from column 0.

I'm using grub2, since I'm dual booting mac os and slackware, so I boot using refi for the GPT table and off to grub2. Anyhow, I'm looking for a grub2 config that will get me a text framebuffer console.

I already configured grub2 to use framebuffer resolutions. I tried using adding this line in
and then a
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
but to no avail. Am I on the right track? I made sure that the resolutions of the framebuffer and the jpg file match, both are 1280x1024x32. I'm assuming the jpg file is 32 bit. If I can get this to work, will it shift the text console to the right where the background image will act as a frame?

Is there another solution?
Old 12-18-2011, 06:33 AM   #2
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Grub will not provide images console background, it's just a bootloader (although it has many features)

For console background image, you have to patch the kernel as stock kernel only provides penguin images AFAIK


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