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Old 08-21-2003, 03:31 PM   #1
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How to change my console resolution?

Pretty much every time I would log out of X, my resolution for the console would be all messed up. The text would be like an inch high and distorted. I asked a question about it here on and They told me I could change it in the lilo options. I did that and rebooted to check and now I can't see anything. Complete blank screen. I have a knoppix cd so I can run Linux but I wanted to know if I could fix it with a switch on the boot. I have a mandrake boot disk.

Thanks for any help.
Old 08-21-2003, 05:33 PM   #2
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What option did you set in lilo?
You can set:
vga = ask

to test what modes are suitable for your screen (it will give you a list of options to choose from) and than just set:
vga = number

Pretty much every time I would log out of X, my resolution for the console would be all messed up.

if it helps ... if not, there is always setfont command to fix that problem (man setfont !!!)

Old 08-21-2003, 06:25 PM   #3
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problem is, all I have now is knoppix. Mandrake won't boot. I pushed the reset and waited for long enough for the login prompt to be there. I then tried to login blind but didn't work. I tried mandrake boot disk, with no success. If I had an ftp client in knoppix I could backup my files to my ftp server and reinstall Mandrake. I tried ftp in the console but I'd have to upload every file. That'd take too long.
Old 08-21-2003, 06:35 PM   #4
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you have many many options to save your data
  • if your ftp server runs ssh then just use scp to copy the lot, if it doesnt it should.
  • ftp has a command mput(multiple put) to copy more than one file at once.
  • you could just tar up all your files then ftp the tarball
  • take the harddisk out of your machine, put it in the ftp server and copy the files
  • and lots more i cant think of right now
Old 08-21-2003, 06:37 PM   #5
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What you should do is use a boot disk, mount your root filesystem, and edit your lilo.conf for "vga=ask". Then reboot, removing the boot disk.


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