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    Default console resolution on high res display

    Hi

    my notebook monitor is 2560x1440 on 14 inch

    the selection in grub is super small, and if I ever switch to a console this is nearly unreadable for me.

    how can I have bigger fonts on my console (not in X I mean)

    thanks for help!

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    Hi
    For grub it's set to auto-detect, if you fire up YaST bootloader and on the kernel tab you can select the console resolution to use. Not sure if that will set the VT resolution...
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    thanks, for grub I found it now, even if they are all 4:3 , not 16:9, I will give it a trial

    now the interesting part is how can I enlarge the fonts on a console

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    Quote Originally Posted by a4z View Post
    thanks, for grub I found it now, even if they are all 4:3 , not 16:9, I will give it a trial
    You can type whatever you want into the selection field, or you can modify /etc/default/grub directly (run "sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg" afterwards to apply the change).

    now the interesting part is how can I enlarge the fonts on a console
    You can set the console font in /etc/sysconfig/console.
    E.g.:
    Code:
    CONSOLE_FONT="suse12x22.psfu"
    should give a larger font.
    (you need to run "sudo mkinitrd" afterwards)

    Or change the resolution with the video=XxY kernel parameter.

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    thanks wolfi323, this suse font as actually pretty nice :-)

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    on Leap 15, what I just installed, I had to set the console font in /etc/vconsole.con
    settings in /etc/sysconfig/console are ignored, also what comes from console-setup

    It seems there is some not cleaned up legacy stuff available, or why are there multiple location to do the same thing but only one is working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    You can type whatever you want into the selection field
    grub can only set modes that are supported by video BIOS. So while you can of course type anything it does not mean it will actually have desired effect. One can list modes that grub can use with "videoinfo" on grub command line.

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    I use the method wolfi323 suggested last. e.g. on a 2560x1440 I would use video=1920x1080 or 1440x900 or 1280x800 on Grub's kernel cmdline depending on the actual display size and how tired my eyes are at boot time. To me video= is easier than configuring the actual console font, which I like a lot other than the tiny default size. More importantly, since I'm constantly swapping displays and PCs around, I can change it at boot time by using the E key at the Grub menu. Note that when using Intel gfx and the xf86-video-intel driver that you can expect Xorg to default to using the same video= mode specified on the kernel cmdline instead of the display's native 2560x1440 mode.
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    Default Re: console resolution on high res display

    Quote Originally Posted by a4z View Post
    on Leap 15, what I just installed, I had to set the console font in /etc/vconsole.con
    settings in /etc/sysconfig/console are ignored, also what comes from console-setup

    It seems there is some not cleaned up legacy stuff available, or why are there multiple location to do the same thing but only one is working?
    Yes, the SUSE-specific /etc/sysconfig/console is no longer respected, the patch to read it as well has been dropped.

    Existing config files are not modified automatically though, so the existing setting in /etc/sysconfig/console will not be removed (just ignored).

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    just found out something wired:
    got a boot message that systemd can not setup the virtual console,
    but the suse font was set and used,

    Code:
    .... lots of those .....
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: Input/output error
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: Input/output error
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: Input/output error
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: Input/output error
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: Input/output error
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd-vconsole-setup[179]: KDSKBENT: Input/output error: could not deallocate keymap 128
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd[1]: systemd-vconsole-setup.service: Unit entered failed state.
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd[1]: systemd-vconsole-setup.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd[1]: Starting Setup Virtual Console...
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd[1]: Started Setup Virtual Console.
    Aug 31 19:14:04 t430p systemd[1]: Started Setup Virtual Console.
    
    
    
    systemd-vconsole-setup.service - Setup Virtual Console
       Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-vconsole-setup.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)
       Active: inactive (dead) since Fri 2018-08-31 19:14:04 CEST; 15min ago
         Docs: man:systemd-vconsole-setup.service(8)
               man:vconsole.conf(5)
     Main PID: 403 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

    also annoying, something has overwritten my /etc/vconsole.conf

    can I set this somehow via Yast so that it does not get overwritten ?

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