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sunpascal 02-09-2006 05:58 AM

increase command line screen resolution
how do you increase the screen resolution of the command line?
the font size is pretty big.

Dtsazza 02-09-2006 06:56 AM

I've not heard of anyone doing this, it's certainly not your everyday "edit xorg.conf"... ;)

Consoles are supposed to be 80 characters wide, so if you were to change the resolution, either you'd end up with a clipped display, or the console would be wider than standard (which may or may not break lots of things). That said, there's probably some hack-y way to do it (heck, you can even jump into the kernel source if you really want), but I wouldn't know how.

Unless you've got a better reason than "the fonts are big", it's probably going to be more trouble than it's worth, though...

sunpascal 02-09-2006 08:13 AM

alright, never mind then.
I did notice that it looks really nice in knoppix. They were able to do it then.

Dtsazza 02-09-2006 11:12 AM

After a little more searching, it seems that Debian has a package called "svgatextmode" that will probably do what you want. And being a package, it won't mess things up :) I found the reference in an old mailing list post that gives brief instructions - it's three and a half years old though so might be out of date! There's also a Linux Gazette post which sets things out a little more. Freshmeat doesn't list any homepage for the project, so I can't point to any definitive information.

Hope this works out for you!


silmaril8n 02-09-2006 12:35 PM

Slack does that right out of the box. I think I configured it in Lilo to boot up at 1024x768.


# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773

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