Re: Font selection with i915

From: Alan Stern
Date: Tue Jan 19 2010 - 13:10:12 EST

On Tue, 19 Jan 2010, James Simmons wrote:

> > When Fedora 12 loads i915 during initramfs probing on my system, the
> > driver automatically installs a tiny 160x64 font. How can I prevent it
> > from doing this, or tell it to use a larger 80x25 font instead?
> >
> > Is this documented anywhere?
> Not really. Here is how you enable larger fonts. Configure your kernel. Go
> into the Graphics support menu. This the the menu that has the
> DRI/Framebuffer and backlight options. You will see a "Console display
> driver support" option. Select it and you will have a new menu. You will
> see the option "Select compiled-in fonts". Enable that and select the font
> you want. Most likely it will be the Sun 12x22 font. Build your kernel.
> Their might be one more setup to do. Some distros like to load a console
> font at boot up. Depending on the distro if that is the case you will have
> to disable it.

It turns out that preventing the mode switch is easier. Finding it
took a certain amount of digging, but the "nomodeset" kernel parameter
prevents the console from leaving normal VGA mode. If only it were

Alan Stern

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