I have 200 chars in width, and only 2 old eyes. That's too much of too little :)

I've seen various answers on these forums, but none of them seemed to help me.

:~$ sudo hwinfo --framebuffer | grep Mode
Model: "Intel(R)Sandybridge Mobile Graphics Controller"
Mode 0x0318: 1024x768 (+4096), 24 bits

Is the resolution I'm going for

(I've cut away a lot of resolutions there)

I'm on Oneiric which of course means grub2

3 Answers 3


You can try setting a larger font:

setfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Uni3-Terminus32x16.psf.gz

This sets a nice, large, readable font. Check /usr/share/consolefonts for available fonts, each one has different point sizes.

Oh, and this works on a per-console basis so you can have a different font for each TTY.

  • ah - that's an even easier way of doing it, thanks!
    – Acebone
    Jan 18, 2012 at 23:17

It is now set by grub

Edit /etc/default/grub

# graphical
gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

# Command line
sudo -e /etc/default/grub

and look for the following lines

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

Uncomment the last line, and set your desired resolution.


Then update-grub

sudo update-grub


See also https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ChangeTTYResolution

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    While your answer is indeed the 'canonical' answer ... it doesn't help me. The grub bootloader does change resolution, but not the <Ctrl><Alt>F1...F6 TTYs They are still too small ... no change in them ...
    – Acebone
    Jan 18, 2012 at 22:08
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    ok - i give up, i wanted to dutifully update my answer - but users who aren't 300 questions old are hassled in a manner that is just too much. HERES THE INFO The right question is: How do I get a bigger font size in the TTYs The answer to that question I found here: askubuntu.com/questions/86827/… sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup. From that program you can choose font and font-size I haven't booted yet, but you can check in the TTY by using the command setupcon To see if you hit something you can use
    – Acebone
    Jan 18, 2012 at 22:28
  • update my question I meant
    – Acebone
    Jan 18, 2012 at 22:29
  • @user42584 post that as an answer. You will soon have enough reputation to make adjustments, it is a hassle at first, but be patient.
    – Panther
    Jan 18, 2012 at 22:31
  • I cannot post an answer yet ...
    – Acebone
    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:47

Just prevent the kernel from setting the mode using the "nomodeset"-kernel Parameter:

edit /etc/default/grub and add:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

Once you have saved the changes, run:

sudo update-grub

reboot - and the screen resolution will stay 640x480 for all ttys (Tested on Ubunutu Server 14.04)

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