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I've just a installed a Debian Wheezy box (Debian 7.0rc1). By default, the console is displayed using the frame buffer, and due to a certain hardware setup I won't go into, this comes out too wide on my display, e.g. the leftmost column of the console doesn't show.

Is there a way I can make the console one or two columns narrower? I mean, I don't want to make the font narrower or wider, I want there to be less columns at the same width, and for the whole rendered console screen to take less width but be centered the same way.

Update: Based on @mr.spuratic's answer I installed and tried to use fbset; which doesn't do exactly what I asked for but might theoretically help me overcome the problem. Anyway, when I try to set the mode with it I get:

fbset FBIOPUT_VSCREENINFO: invalid argument


  • I would like a solution both through manipulation grub's configuration and on-the-fly from the console after I've booted.
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Usually an auto adjust of the monitor sorts this out, and it's often far less hassle than software solutions.

Otherwise, check the monitor info menu to see what resolution/refresh it's running, and then search for the monitor model and fbset which is the tool used to set the low-level timings which control the display timings.

auto-adjust doesn't work in my case due to certain KVM issues (plus it doesn't adjust the refresh rate which is a problem I didn't mention.) Editing the question to reflect my fbset experience. –  einpoklum Mar 23 '13 at 6:19

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