text mode display scrolls off monitor

Asked by Will Shackleford on 2012-06-29

Whenever I need to to fix something when X is not working on
other linux systems I use <CTRL><ALT><F1> or one of the other F? keys.

This works on ubuntu but since I have an HDTV as the monitor the
terminal seems to think i have more lines displayed than I really do.

This means you can only type a few commands before you need to reset or
you won't be able see what you type or the output.

Is there a way to make the shell assume a smaller number of lines are visible?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#1

What GPU do you use?
Does the system have a make and model?
How does the system connect to the TV?
Why is this basic detail missing from your question?

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Will Shackleford (wshackle-3) said :
#2

What GPU do you use?
 NVIDIA Corporation GeForce 7100/nForce 630i
Does the system have a make and model?
Computer: Emachines ET1810-03
TV: Sony Bravia
How does the system connect to the TV?
vga cable
Why is this basic detail missing from your question?
I didn't know it was relevant. Why do you have that tone?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#3

Because the question is so basic and things can move along so much quicker if you provide stuff like that rather than having to be asked. In future can you give as much detail as you can, it allows fixes and such to be gained faster rather than spending time getting details.

Can you please give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia; xrandr

Thanks

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Will Shackleford (wshackle-3) said :
#4

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia; xrandr
  *-display
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: C73 [GeForce 7100 / nForce 620i]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 10
       bus info: pci@0000:00:10.0
       version: a2
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:23 memory:fd000000-fdffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fc000000-fcffffff memory:feac0000-feadffff
LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux shackle-desktop 3.2.0-26-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 14 16:26:01 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
rc nvidia-173 173.14.22-0ubuntu11.1 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
ii nvidia-173-modaliases 173.14.22-0ubuntu11.1 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
ii nvidia-96-modaliases 96.43.17-0ubuntu1.1 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
ii nvidia-common 1:0.2.44 Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
ii nvidia-current 295.40-0ubuntu1 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
rc nvidia-glx 1:96.43.05+2.6.24.14-21.51 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org driver
rc nvidia-glx-177 177.80-0ubuntu2 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
rc nvidia-glx-177-dev 177.80-0ubuntu2 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
rc nvidia-glx-dev 1:1.0.9639+2.6.22.4-14.10 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org driver development files
rc nvidia-glx-new 169.12+2.6.24.14-21.51 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
ii nvidia-settings 295.33-0ubuntu1 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 240, current 1360 x 768, maximum 1360 x 768
default connected 1360x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
   1360x768 50.0 51.0 52.0*
   1280x768 53.0
   1024x768 54.0
   800x600 55.0
   680x384 56.0 57.0
   640x480 58.0 59.0
   512x384 60.0
   400x300 61.0
   320x240 62.0

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#5

sudo dpkg -P nvidia-glx-new nvidia-glx-dev nvidia-glx-177-dev nvidia-glx-177 nvidia-glx nvidia-173 nvidia-glx

Will clear up the old stuff and may help.

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