Virtual consoles reachable with Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6

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Set virtual console keymap on Live(CD|USB)?

How can I change the keymap of the CtrlAlt+(F1toF6) virtual consoles on the LiveUSB/CD image? I've tried picking my layout (US Dvorak) from the F3 menu when it first starts to boot, but that only ...
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Can I change the Linux console (Ctrl+Alt+F1) font to Ubuntu Mono?

Is there a way to set a specific TTF font to be used on the console? (I believe you might have to convert it to a bitmap font?) If it needs to be converted, what tools can I use to do the conversion? ...
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How do I run a graphical application in a virtual console besides <Alt+F7>?

I want to run R in a virtual console and RCommander in a separate virtual console. Or maybe I want to run a game in a virtual console and shut off the desktop. Or maybe I want to pipe an ssh -x ...
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How can I disable Caps Lock on text-mode (tty) terminals?

I have disabled caps lock in Ubuntu via the System Settings -> Keyboard panel (see How to programmatically swap the caps lock and esc keys? on how to find this option), however when I switch to a ...
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How do I get my blacked out ttys back? [closed]

Original Question: After I replaced my Ubuntu 10.10 with 11.04 all I get when I Ctrl+Alt+F1–F6 into a tty is a black screen. Also when I boot there's a while of black screen after grub2 menu is ...
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Why is a virtual terminal “virtual”, and what/why/where is the “real” terminal?

I hope the question is self-explanatory. My understanding is that gnome-terminal and konsole are virtual terminals, and they are basically serving the same purpose, i.e. a command line environment ...
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Can virtual terminals (ctrl+alt+f*) use external monitors?

My laptop has a broken screen (for a while now) and unfortunately I won't be able to fix/replace it for a little while longer than I hoped. Is there some way that I can get VT's to show on the ...
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Can I take a screenshot of a virtual console?

Is there a way for me to take a screenshot in a virtual console?
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What determines which virtual console the graphical interface is run on?

I've learned that I can switch between virtual consoles by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1–F12, and I've found that the graphical interface is usually running at either F7 or F8. Why does this vary, and is ...
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How does /etc/default/console-setup work?

Following up on modifying virtual consoles' keymaps, how can I edit /etc/default/console-setup? Will the file be parsed on each boot (then cached in /etc/console-setup/cached.kmap.gz), or do I need ...
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Swap capslock and control in virtual consoles

I'm using System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layout > Options > Ctrl key position > Swap Ctrl and CapsLock, which works great for X. How can I get the same for virtual consoles (Ctrl+Alt+F1, etc.)?