One of the many millions of readers of this blog *g* asked how to change the screen resolution in the console.
I usually do the following: I install hwinfo, and issue
hwinfo --framebuffer | grep res
where "res" stands for the desired resolution, such as, for example, 1400.
If you're lucky, you'll get something like
Mode 0x0329: 1400x1050 (+1408), 8 bits
Then, you just have to add this information to the kernel option in your /boot/grub/menu.lst: vga=0x0329
I would also delete any occurence of "quiet" in this file. Ok, forget that I said that. :D