Ubuntu Framebuffer Console
Just another one of those "reminder" posts. After installing Ubuntu it booted with the splash screen in 640x480. As I can never remember the mode number for 1280x1024, here it is:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-25-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro quiet splash vga=794
This of course also lets you see much more text on a VT.