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.
You can choose resolution editing GRUB configuration file /etc/default/grub
Also check this parameter to allow the kernel use the same resolution used by grub:
Than run following command in Arch to activate changes:
# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
You need to set up your framebuffer: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Uvesafb
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)
To return the different resolutions and their associated modes run:
add the mode to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX line in your grub config