The first problem I faced was how to modify the kernel command line. I knew the parameter I wanted to add, but I didn't know how to add it. Theoretically, I knew this was done by modifying the GRUB2 configuration, but even after reading around in the GRUB2 documentation, this seemed daunting.
However, it was easy. All I needed to do was to edit the file "/etc/default/grub" and add the parameter to the following line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet"So, in my case, after editing the line now reads:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="video=1920x1200 quiet"Then, run update-grub as root. Optionally, you can reboot now.
If you rebooted after Step 1, you will notice that the kernel switches to the 1920x1200 resolution properly (assuming your hardware supports it), but doesn't change the console font. As a result, the font becomes ludicrously small.
Let's take care of that. The console-setup package is installed by default, I think, but check to make sure it's installed anyway, to be sure:
# apt-get install console-setupThen, edit /etc/default/console-setup. Credit to the Changing Console Fonts In Debian Squeeze blog entry over at Tiger Computing for this. As they say, the file is well-documented. I changed FONTFACE to "Terminus" and FONTSIZE to "28x14".
Then reboot. If you already rebooted after step 1, then a invoke-rc.d console-setup restart, as root, will suffice.