VESA console modes

Most linux kernels accept a “vga=” command line parameter, which will set the resolution to use during boot. This is a short list of video modes which can be used, given your kernel supports your video card well enough, and the video card can handle the resulution.

My computer has the correct resolution all the way from boot time, which makes text MUCH easier to read.

The following table shows the mode numbers you can input at the VGA prompt (actually these numbers are plus 0x200 to make it easier to refer to the table)

Colours   640x480 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
--------+---------------------------------------------
256     |  0301    0303     0305     0307      031C
32,768  |  0310    0313     0316     0319      031D
65,536  |  0311    0314     0317     031A      031E
16.8M   |  0312    0315     0318     031B      031F

For convienence, here is the same table in decimal terms

Colours   640x480 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
--------+---------------------------------------------
256     |   769     771      773      775       796
32,768  |   784     787      790      793       797
65,536  |   785     788      791      794       798
16.8M   |   786     789      792      795       799

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