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I followed the Arch beginner's wiki to install on VMWare player (host is Windows 7) Arch without x-server and I would like to know how I can change the resolution of what I think is called the TTY to make the VMWare window fit better on my desktop. Currently it takes about 80% of my 1600x900 resolution. I'd like for it to look like a normal open console window.

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An ugly workaround is to install openssh, start it via systemctl enable sshd.service, and connect to it using PuTTY. –  blah Jan 1 '13 at 20:55
Take a look at wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/… if you are using grub (2) I'm not sure if it'll work though. –  Martín Canaval Jan 15 '13 at 10:16

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You need to set up your framebuffer: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Uvesafb

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To return the different resolutions and their associated modes run:

hwinfo --framebuffer

then add the mode to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX line in your grub config


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You might find more help in this post on the Arch forums.

Edit: After thinking some more, I've realized that with VMware you're likely not using GRUB. I think this reply to the aforementioned post in the Arch forums may be just what you need. It involves downloading a package with pacman and changing some kernel settings. (original link to GRUB solution removed due to reputation link limit)

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Welcome to Super User. You may want to improve your answer by summarizing the posts you are linking to. This helps protect against link rot, and will make your answer more useful. –  lzam Jun 15 at 21:27
Okay, thanks. I'll edit the answer as soon as I'm at a computer. –  Alpheus Jun 15 at 23:13

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