Using LDXE and Ubuntu, I can log into a virtual console via Ctrl+Alt+F1.

The text is far too small. How do I change the screen resolution to get a larger font?


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You should edit the file /etc/default/console-setup and change the FONTSIZE variable. Once you've made your changes you must reconfigure your terminal by running:

$ sudo service console-setup restart
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    This answer is correct, but the problem is knowing what possible settings are allowed. The default font is "Fixed" and its largest size is 8x16. sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup allows you to see what the options are. (answer from @boulder_ruby) Jan 5, 2016 at 13:34

@Spack's answer didn't work for my raspberry-pi, but I found a set of instructions that did work for me here

To sum it up

sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
#select "UTF-8"
#select "Guess optimal character set"
#select "Terminus"
#select 16*32 (my selection for a 7 inch monitor on raspberry pi)
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    This only sort of worked for me... :( I seem to have to type setupcon in the virtual terminal to get it to be used (on each reboot and on each terminal!). Jan 5, 2016 at 13:35

Ctrl+Shift++ - use the plus symbol on the text keypad not on the numeric pad.

  • I tried this (on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS). It just sends a + character. Jan 4, 2016 at 19:29
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    When he says "Ctrl+Alt+F1" makes clear he doesn't mean a terminal emulator, more info here.
    – Pablo A
    Mar 4, 2018 at 21:38

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