Using console graphics (-s option) on non-standard resolutions

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This is my first post to this mailing list.  Please excuse me if I do
something wrong :-)  I realize some of these might be more generic
“Linux questions” but they all have to do with DOSEMU so please bear
with me.

I have been using DOSEMU for several years and am using it to run
WordPerfect 5.1.  I started off with openSUSE, then Ubuntu for a few
years and now finally I have been using Mint Debian Edition for the
last few months.

However all these newer distros change the resolution of the console
(tty1 – tty6) to something much higher than the standard 80x25 and
even change the font.  Apparently most people *like* this but I prefer
to have a standard console.  If I need more space for a Linux session
I will use a full-screen xterm.

The real problem is however that it seems that these non-standard
resolutions cause problems for DOSEMU when I use the “-s” option.

If I run DOSEMU with the s- option I get some blue text very briefly
on the screen and then my whole screen goes blank.  The only way I can
get things back to normal (that I know of)is to hard-boot my machine
(ouch).  Running DOSEMU without the –s options works fine but gives
weird output because the screen is not in 80x25 mode.

So my question is twofold.  How can I prevent Mint (or any other
distro) from doing something silly with the screen resolution?  Also
can we get DOSEMU to error out with some nice error message or
something when this happens?  Or is there some other solution?

Finally would it be possible to get one of the consoles (say tty6 for
example) to boot into DOSEMU automatically so that pressing
Ctrl+Alt+F6 would put me into DOS right away?

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