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Re: [opensuse-factory] console low resolution
  • From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 19:14:13 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C2FC445.9020206@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 2010/07/04 01:01 (GMT+0200) Guido Berhoerster composed:

Felix Miata wrote:

11.3 has KMS enabled by default so changing the VESA mode will
not have any effect. You need to use a larger console font if the
default one is too small. It can be changed with CONSOLE_FONT in
/etc/sysconfig/console. Preinstalled fonts to choose from are in


I found it now, 'goooooglen' ;)

a kernel Param ist the answer

video=800x600 or eq.

That will lower the KMS resolution from the native resolution to
800x600. If you have a LCD this will likely result in blurry
fonts due to interpolation, the correct(TM) solution is to use
a larger fontsize, just as in X. But do whatever pleases you.

Of the specs for modern widescreen LCDs I've seen, most list 800x600 &
1024x768 as alternatives to the native (optimal) resolution. What's less
likely are explicit alternate widescreen modes, such as 1600x900 on a native
2048x1152, or 1400x900 on a native 1680x1050.

Additionally, someone whose challenging eyesight demands a low resolution
mode like 800x600 isn't particularly likely to notice the degradation
("blurring") in comparison to the native mode.

Sorry, I don't get what you're talking about.

I'm talking about programmers who think tiny text is OK. For many, it's not.
Low resolution modes make nice big legible characters that people with
reading difficulty can handle, fuzzy or not.

Please re-read what i wrote
above, choosing an alternate font with a bigger size while keeping the
native resolution gives you _both_ a sharp picture and larger letters.

This is the usual problem with too small to start with - it makes difficult
switching to large enough, unlike the opposite, which is easy due to high
legibility to start with. Without KMS, in the grub menu one can on the fly
using the nice legible big characters used in Grub's menus change or add a
cmdline option to produce the desired bigger console text result. How does
one do that when first one must get into /etc/sysconfig post-init? KMS is yet
another usability regression.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata ***
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