Setting console VGA mode

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Jul 18 10:50:52 UTC 2009


2009/7/17 Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com>:
> I have just run up a new Ubuntu home server, a Dell PowerEdge 600SC
> (P4, 2.8GHz, 512MB RAM) running 8.04-3. It has a plain VGA monitor -
> monochrome, even - on it. Mostly, I expect to administer it from ssh.
>
> But I do need to use the console sometimes, and it would be helpful to
> set the console VGA mode to more than 80x25.
>
> Using info from these pages:
>
> http://fvue.nl/wiki/Linux:_Terminal_sizes_beyond_80_columns_x_24_rows
> http://www.linuxquestions.org/blog/lifeforce4-30748/2009/5/31/a-more-complete-vga-resolutions-list-for-grub-and-lilo.-2000/
> http://forums.remote-exploit.org/backtrack-4-general-support/23746-vga-resolution-codes-lilo-grub.html
>
> ... after a little fiddling, I found that the max my old VDU will
> display is 80x60. I set this by adding
>
> vga=6
>
> to the end of my kernel line in /boot/grub/menu.lst
>
> I also removed the "quiet" and "splash" parameters.
>
> However, although this works, it is reset back to 80x25 as soon as init starts.
>
> This is not a unique problem - the same one is documented here:
> http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/print.php?form=1&topic_id=18348&forum=37&order=ASC&start=0
>
> Is there any way to disable the custom console-font-setting that
> occurs so that I can keep my hires text console?

Anyone?


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