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Old 12-04-2018, 10:27 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Best way to change the resolution of the framebuffer/tty (with scaling) for all ttys and all users


Hi, long-time user first time poster here. I recently upgraded my monitor to a much higher resolution model and so far it works perfectly except for one problem: I'm used to using textual interfaces for most things and I spend probably 75% of my time looking at tty1-6, at least on my main computer, but now the text is much too small for me to read comfortably. I remember running into this problem on another system and a temporary fix that I recall working was:

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fbset -xres 1920 -yres 1200 -match
However that 1. isn't universal or permanent, and not easily automatable since you need to be root to use fbset and 2. on my current machine it just sets the resolution without scaling it, so the text is the same size, but in a tiny box in the corner of my screen.

I looked around here and elsewhere on the Internet before deciding to make a post and all I could find were people suggesting the code I already tried, permutations that only do the same thing, and something about kernel options I couldn't really work out.

Basically, I'm just looking for the best way to make all of the text in the framebuffer on my 4k monitor appear as though it's being shown on a 1024x768 monitor

Thanks!

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Old 12-05-2018, 04:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to this forum, Factualist.

Try the framebuffer terminal, fbterm. It has a good man page and can even make just one letter nearly as big as your screen There is also kmscon. I am more acquainted with the former.

I also tried mlterm-fb. There is a SlackBuild for it, but that does not build the framebuffer version so you'd need to edit it.

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Old 12-05-2018, 05:12 PM   #3
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and something about kernel options I couldn't really work out.
The kernel options are explained in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/fb/modedb.txt
You can check the required output names by looking in /sys/class/drm/
 
Old 12-05-2018, 05:50 PM   #4
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Welcome to this forum, Factualist.

Try the framebuffer terminal, fbterm. It has a good man page and can even make just one letter nearly as big as your screen There is also kmscon. I am more acquainted with the former.

I also tried mlterm-fb. There is a SlackBuild for it, but that does not build the framebuffer version so you'd need to edit it.

Best,
Thank you, I'm checking those out right now! I've been in the habit of just using tmux for so long I didn't even consider there might be more feature-rich options for framebuffer terminal emulation

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The kernel options are explained in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/fb/modedb.txt
You can check the required output names by looking in /sys/class/drm/
I'll look into this as well, thank you
 
Old 12-05-2018, 06:19 PM   #5
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Just out of curiosity, assuming you're using lilo, did you set VGA=ask to give you the different vesa resolutions options your video card supports? You can also check supported resolutions by using "hwinfo" over at SBo at running

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hwinfo --framebuffer
All this is if I am understanding your question correctly. Are you simply wanting a higher resolution terminals?
 
  


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