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So, 12.04 x86_64 is installed and working properly. I see grub and plymouth, then lightdm, X session for Unity is good. My framebuffer resolution for TTY1-6 is 1280x1024. X is 1680x1050.

I can use fbset to manually change the fb resolution to the desired 1280x800. Then to make it stick for all future settings, I changed the resolution in /etc/default/grub and /etc/initramfs-tools/modules. I then ran update-grub2 and update-initramfs -u, rebooted, but it is still in 1280x1024.

Where am I going wrong?

System 12.04 (x86_64) NVIDIA Driver Version: 295.49 fb0 modes:

U:1280x800p-60 U:640x480p-67 V:1280x1024p-75 V:1280x1024p-60 V:1024x768p-75 V:1024x768p-70 V:1024x768p-60 V:800x600p-75 V:800x600p-72 V:800x600p-60 V:800x600p-56 V:640x480p-72 V:640x480p-60 U:1280x800p-60 U:320x240p-60 U:320x400p-59 U:320x200p-59 U:1280x1024p-59 U:1024x768p-60 U:800x600p-59 U:640x480p-60 U:640x400p-59

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So I missed a very obvious nomodeset in my /etc/default/grub file. I changed that to modeset. Now I have a better looking terminal.

Correct framebuffer settings for native FB resolution for my NV 550 Ti.

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash modeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x800-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"

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