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Old 11-09-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Terminal too small.


I am running debian and don't know how to change the size / dimensions of the terminal.

As you can see, there is a lot of space on the screen left that's not being used.

Would somebody please be so kind as to point me in the right direction, showing me where to look for the setting to increase the terminal's dimensions?

Old 11-09-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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In your grub / lilo boot-manager menu append the term vga=normal to the kernel boot line, like this (which is for my grub, yours will of course, be slightly different, but I expect you'll get the idea):
title		Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-21-generic
root		(hd0,5)
kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=UUID=7591fe5b-8907-407f-854e-321684957104 ro vga=normal 
initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic
Then reboot.
Old 11-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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And that will give you a fremebuffer console, which might solve your problem in the way, but it's not per-sé a solution.

If you want to retain the text mode or your kernel simply doesn't have framebuffer support built in, I think that you just need to adjust your monitor controls to fill the whole screen.
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Never seen such a thing....

Looking at tredegar's solution, I'm wondering if you have something like that there already. With no "vga=" statement (or other modifiers), I would expect some more rational behavior.

What happens in the GUI (Desktop)?
Old 11-09-2008, 08:27 PM   #5
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I am running the standard Debian amd64 with minimal modifications. I didn't install a GUI so far, but I would imagine that the Xserver would function separately from the console.

vga=normal DOES work . Thanks tredegar.
vga=791 gives me even more of my screen back. I will try some more resolution codes in a little while.

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