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VIDEO Framebuffer in Grub2

The previous method of setting the framebuffer by adding 'vga=xxx' at the end of the kernel line in '/boot/grub/menu.lst' is no longer possible in Grub2 as the configuration files and their locations have completely changed. It is still possible to set a framebuffer resolution that matches your screen resolution, just a little more complicated.

Edit: /etc/grub.d/00_header

Around line 131 you should find:

if loadfont `make_system_path_relative_to_its_root ${GRUB_FONT_PATH}` ; then
  set gfxmode=${GRUB_GFXMODE}
  insmod gfxterm

Here we need to add 'set gfxpayload=keep' to give the following:

if loadfont `make_system_path_relative_to_its_root ${GRUB_FONT_PATH}` ; then
  set gfxmode=${GRUB_GFXMODE}
  set gfxpayload=keep
  insmod gfxterm

That will set the console screen size the same as the grub screen size.

Edit: /etc/default/grub

# 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'

This will set the grub screen size. You must set a resolution that is supported by your monitor. The last setting 'x32' is the colour or bit depth of the monitor.

Generate a new grub.cfg

$ sudo update-grub

This produces a new '/boot/grub/grub.cfg' as this file states it is not to be edited directly, all changes must be made in '/etc/default/grub' & '/etc/grub.d/' and then a new 'grub.cfg' should be generated by running the above command.

Useful Links

From Debian's Wiki

GRUB2 on the GNU Project

From Ubuntu's Wiki

High resolution Plymouth & ATI/NVIDIA cards - An article for what to do for cards with more unusual drivers.

console resolution - Sample script changes to use GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD variable.

howto/adjust_grub2_framebuffer.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/29 18:03 by machinebacon
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