[nSLUG] Problems with console text

Eugene Cormier eugene.cormier at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 09:59:02 ADT 2013

Hey Mike, if the text is normal size at the beginning of boot and then
after a few seconds switches to a much smaller size: that IS KMS kicking
in and 'automagically' selecting a new framebuffer resolution

On the following webpage it say to add video=XRESxYRES to the kernel
params and rerun lilo:


On Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 02:09:28AM -0300, Mike Spencer wrote:
> Tnx to Jack Warkentin, Eugene Cormier & Bill Davidson for
> suggestions.  Filed until the computer comes back to me on Daniel's
> next visit.
> Bill asked:
> > If he's using KDE anyway, why do you care about the console text
> > size?
> Because I don't have a clue how to use KDE. So I use consoles to
> figure things out for him. Or an xterm. But once KDE is started, it
> does all manner of weird stuff that makes it harder to untangle what's
> going on.  When I give him suggestions of how to figure something
> out, it's generally couched in command line terms.  And he's 46 so
> tiny type is less than good for him either.
> But you're right that it isn't a pressing concern.
> > (Extra freebie) if you switch to a different virtual terminal does it 
> > look the same?
> Yeah, all consoles come up the same.
> The text that scrolls across the screen during boot is the standard
> size until half way through when the screeen clears and it goes to
> tiny text.
> Tnx,
> - Mike
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