[ubuntu-uk] Setting console VGA mode

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Mon Jul 20 13:47:39 BST 2009

Liam Proven wrote:
> 2009/7/19 William Anderson <neuro at well.com>:
>> Liam Proven wrote:
>>> [snip]
>>> #4 Being green involves re-using old kit that still works. Typically
>>> half or more of the energy used in the lifetime of a piece of IT
>>> equipment is spent making it, not running it. By making its working
>>> life as long as possible, you save energy; by replacing working kit
>>> with something newer, you waste energy.
>> Or you could recycle the old displays and use a KVM switch instead,
>> which would save using the energy required for the extra display in the
>> first place :)
> It *is* connected to a KVM & it is already serving 2 servers, on top
> of which it neatly sits. If I can find a 3-way KVM I plan for it to be
> the main display of my Mac OS X Server box, too.
Doing a bit of a search I found this:


It looks like you can use fbset to set the resolution, however on my 
laptop I tried it and it couldn't find /dev/fb0, so I presume my machine 
hasn't got the framebuffer installed.

Not sure however if this is something to go on.

Am I right in thinking that when the Framebuffer is installed and the 
kernel boots with the messages it shows the Tux logo in the top corner 
of the screen?

I'm going to have a little play as thinking about it, on my server I 
have an old 15" LCD screen (it's on it's last legs and about 7 or 8 
years old but does the job) and maybe having a framebuffer installed 
might be an advantage if it means I can fit more text on the screen.


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