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Old 03-21-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
anvilmonkey
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changing text size on command line


i have a partially sighted friend who wants to learn how to use the command line on a non graphical linux system but cannot read the text as it is too small.

we could run x and then open a virtual terminal, but that is a lot of system resources wasted just to have bigger text. is there a file somewhere which we could edit to reduce the number of columns and lines that linux display on the screen?

any help greatly appreciated.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 04:40 PM   #2
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if you can't get a bigger screen, then you'll presumably be wanting to change the framebuffer mode. most systems use 1024x768 by default, which is decimal mode 791. the modes available are:
Code:
                            Resoultion in pixel
Color depth      | 640x480  800x600  1024x768 1280x1024
-----------------+-------------------------------------
256        (8bit)|  769      771       773      775
32000     (15bit)|  784      787       790      793
65000     (16bit)|  785      788       791      794
16.7 Mill.(24bit)|  786      789       792      795
so open up your bootlaoder config, either /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/grub.conf and change the relevant line to a lower resolution, and make the font bigger. you'd presumably want to start at 788. remember if you run lilo you'll need to execute the "lilo" command as root to make your changes take effect.
 
  


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