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Old 02-09-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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increase command line screen resolution


hi,
how do you increase the screen resolution of the command line?
the font size is pretty big.
 
Old 02-09-2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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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...
 
Old 02-09-2006, 09:13 AM   #3
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alright, never mind then.
I did notice that it looks really nice in knoppix. They were able to do it then.
 
Old 02-09-2006, 12:12 PM   #4
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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in an old mailing list post that gives brief instructions - it's three and a half years old though so might be out of date!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!

Andrzej
 
Old 02-09-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
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Slack does that right out of the box. I think I configured it in Lilo to boot up at 1024x768.

Quote:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
 
  


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