[ubuntu-uk] Setting console VGA mode

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Mon Jul 20 14:00:44 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.
Okay having a further play, removing splash quiet from the kernel line 
in menu.lst and replacing it with vga=791 does actually set the screen 
to 1024x768 in 16-Bit colour, it stays like this all the way through to 
the console login prompt (okay it starts X and I have to manually switch 
to the 1st console but it is running in 1024x768 rather than switching 
back to a non framebuffer console).

fbset doesn't seem to do anything though, not sure if it's to do with 
the fact I have an Intel video chipset in my notebook.

If it helps I'm running the 32-bit server kernel (2.6.28-13-server)on 
the desktop release of Ubuntu 9.04.


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