[Techtalk] text /resolution in text mode

Mandi mandi at linuxchick.org
Thu Aug 21 11:29:07 EST 2003

On Thu, 21 Aug 2003, Amelie C. wrote:

> <snip> 
> > When you say text mode, do you mean the console you
> > see when you run a
> > terminal (such as xterm, konsole, gnome-terminal),
> > or do you mean the full
> > screen terminal you get when you press Ctrl-Alt-F1,
> > Ctrl-Alt-F2 etc?
> > 
> I meant the full screen terminal with Ctrl-Alt-F1,
> etc.
> I have been searching online but I think I am using
> the wrong keywords...

It's a kernel parameter, vga=<something>.  There is a table of VESA modes 
plus some additional info here:

You can also get a limited number of resolutions by appending vga=ask to 
your kernel parameters.  You can then choose from a number of options by 
pressing enter when the kernel boots.  This is best used if your kernel 
doesn't boot framebuffer by itself.  Mandrake, particularly, provides a 
non-framebuffer kernel.  if you run vga=ask with their normal kernel, it 
resets the res.

you can also try the program resizecons, but i haven't been very 
successful with that.

Be careful choosing anything too crazy, particularly on laptops.

This is a VESA-based framebuffer feature, so adding that to your search 
might get you more info.



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