With a default install of Lubuntu 14.04, going back to various earlier versions, I had an excellent console resolution.
Upgrading to the proprietary video drivers destroyed that feature, dropping it to.. 80x24 or so. This isn't just terrible, it's terribad on a widescreen. Because of the resolution switch, going from X windows to the console is extra-slow, which made me never want to use it.
These are some notes when I was trying to solve this problem. I eventually gave up, and just used the open source video drivers.
Rough notes ∞
I probably have more notes somewhere, as this has been a long-standing gripe of mine. If I ever find those notes I'll update this, but don't hold your breath.
\su \apt-get install hwinfo hwinfo --framebuffer nano /etc/default/grub GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset" GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024 GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep update-grub
I suspect that a lot of these are invalid and my system is going into a closest-match safe mode of some sort.
# Letterboxed, but it looks good. GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024 # The exact same as above? # GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x960 # widescreen-stretched # GRUB_GFXMODE=1400x1050 # Looks like a regular 80x24 textmode.. GRUB_GFXMODE=720x400 GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep