I bought an xps laptop with a 4k screen. Because of this, the font-size of my text consoles (Ctrl+Alt+[F1-F6]) are quite tiny. So I tried to change the resolution by editing /etc/default/grub like it is adviced by many tutorials. Right now it looks like this:

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`





#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

# Changes -------------------------------------------------------------------

# Set resolution of text consoles

This settings doesn't change the resolution of my text consoles. When I use the attribute nomodeset (GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet nomodeset") the text consoles are displayed with the specified resolution, but then my GUI is realy slow, has the same resolution and I even can't log into my account.

So how do I get it work (use specified text console resolution, different GUI resolution and GUI not broken)?

I run Ubuntu 15.10 and has a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M. I am new to Linux so please keep it simple :) Thanks in advance.

  • how about just setting the console font to a larger size using setfont?
    – h0tw1r3
    Jul 18, 2016 at 21:14

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I have a similar problem, and I found that setfont works fine. Try:

$ setfont Uni2-VGA28x16

The list of available console fonts are under: /usr/share/consolefonts (for my ubuntu install)

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