[nSLUG] Problems with console text

Eugene Cormier eugene.cormier at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 00:53:19 ADT 2013

Mike, I would think that an easy way to correct this would be to
recompile the kernel leaving out all FB drivers and making sure to get
the kms set on for whatever graphics card


On Sun, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:29:13AM -0300, Mike Spencer wrote:
> My son dropped off his new/used laptop for consultation.  He's ++good
> with Windoes but a Linux novice.  I solved some problems for him but I'm
> stumped by one:
>     He mistakenly chose the wrong option at install time and now has
>     consoles with teeny-tiny text. ([VESA?] frame buffer mode?)  I don't
>     know how to revert it to the default, much larger, console text.
>     His lilo.conf has "vga = normal" and I re-ran lilo.  Still comes
>     up with teeny text.
>     cat /sys/devices/virtual/vtconsole/vtcon0/name
>     (S) VGA+
>     cat /sys/devices/virtual/vtconsole/vtcon0/name
>     (M) frame buffer device
>     There *must* be a way to fix this short of re-installing
>     Slackware.
>     Yes, I've read:
>       /usr/src/linux-3.2.29/Documentation/fb/fbcon.txt
>     Is that the only way to do this?  I don't want to switch back and
>     forth.  I just want his box to boot into plain VGA console.
> FWIW, this is an eMachines 64-bit AMD laptop with Slack 14 and KDE
> installed. Son uses KDE because he's used to the Win environment.
> (I'm reminded how very much I hate GUI desktops.)
> I'm hoping to be at the meet on Monday, LWATCDR.
> - Mike
> -- 
> Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
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