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My monitor is 24" and works best at a resolution of 1920x1080.

I use Fedora 15 with the latest NVIDIA driver. In GUI mode, it works perfectly. However in command line mode I have the following issues:

  • It doesn't use all of the screen
  • There is a big black border
  • It only uses 19" of the monitor
  • The letters on the screen are quite big

How can I configure it to use the full screen and have a smaller letter size?

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@Gareth, thank you very very much!! – Freewind Sep 2 '11 at 10:03
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You are using Linux virtual consoles in VGA-compatible text mode, which is limited to a very low resolution (usually 80×25 at 720×400).

You have several choices:

  • Use a video driver with support for Kernel Mode Setting. Currently only Nouveau supports it, not the official nVidia driver. On the other hand, KMS works equally for both X11 and consoles, even at the same time, so installing Nouveau might be worth a try.

  • Use a framebuffer driver such as nvidiafb or uvesafb (load using modprobe). This maywill conflict with the nVidia driver used by X11 – it still works when X11 is not running, though.

  • Assuming grub-legacy as the bootloader, specify a framebuffer mode using the vga= boot option – if you can even find a vga value for your native resolution. (Above a certain limit they are non-standard, so you will have to use a detection tool. Wikipedia does not have an entry for your resolution.)

  • Use an X11 terminal emulator. Seriously, just run a full-screen Xterm or something like that.

  • Use SVGATextMode, which is very old and horribly obsolete.

In KMS/framebuffer modes, you will able to change the font with setfont – available fonts might be at /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts/ or /usr/share/console-tools/...

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thanks for detailed answer, but, I found it quite hard for a newbie like me. I will try them when I familiar with linux – Freewind Sep 2 '11 at 10:06
@Freewind: In that case, just sticking with a graphical terminal emulator (GNOME Terminal, Xterm, other) will be the best choice. – grawity Sep 2 '11 at 10:32

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