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Old 03-02-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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How to change console resolution?


I am getting kinda tired of the low res in console mode. Is there anyway to raise it?

My native lcd res is 1280x800, and even if thats not possible id like something a little higher.

I tried searching the forums but most links only lead to slack discussions.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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i believe you can change it in the grub or lilo boot confs. granted its been a long time since ive use *bsd so i'm not to sure.... i hope that spurs something
 
Old 03-02-2005, 02:34 PM   #3
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umm which BSD are you running?
 
Old 03-02-2005, 07:43 PM   #4
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Originally posted by hackers_
umm which BSD are you running?
FreeBSD

I know that Lilo and Grub lets you change it in their confs but I am unfamiliar with the BSD loader, or what its real name is.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 10:38 PM   #5
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Lurker01,
I'd love how to get the higher res. too. If you figure it out, post how you did it
if you could.

I have managed to get mine up to 132x43, which is better then the default
80x25 or whatever it is, but no where NEAR close to what I would like it.

From all my searching on this, I've only found references to taking it up to
132X60 - although I can't quite make it (see above).

Look up ' vidcontrol '. Thats what does it as best as I can figure. Maybe you'll have
better luck then I did.
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(edited - spelling)

Last edited by tw001_tw; 03-02-2005 at 10:40 PM.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 12:14 AM   #6
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Grub/LILO have nothing to do with it, they're just bootloaders. It's the kernel's framebuffer that gives you the high resolution in Linux.

What you want is a VESA video console. As tw001_tw points out, vidcontrol is what you seek. Google turned up (among a great deal of other stuff) this doc which may help simplify the process.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 08:58 AM   #7
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Does the current 5.3 BSD kernel by default have VESA compiled into it?

I tried using vidcontrol but until I did kdload vesa it would report "inappropriate ioctl...". After that every mode I tried it would say mode unsupported. I really doubt this Intel 855GM can do any of those modes, it was a pain in the ass enough to get full resolution to work in X.

Could I be doing something wrong?
 
Old 03-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #8
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Does the current 5.3 BSD kernel by default have VESA compiled into it?
I had to compile VESA into the kernel.

Not sure what how-to's you found, but here is how I did it (from my notes)

To test (once VESA was in the kernel):
vidcontrol -f 8x8 /usr/share/syscons/fonts/FONT_NAME.fnt
vidcontrol 132x43 (or other resolution)

To make permenant:
edit /etc/rc.conf and add:
font8x8 ="/usr/share/syscons/fonts/iso4-8x8.fnt
allscreens_flag="132x43"

To be prefectly honest, the results were not what I wanted, and a normal 1024x768 is
still a project I intend to pursue. This info has exhausted what little info I have on the matter.
If you got atleast 800x600 in X from your card, you should atleast beable to get the 132x43
that I got at the command line. If I find anything else out, I'll post back.
Best of luck,
-tw
 
Old 03-03-2005, 10:05 PM   #9
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Uh, it sounds like an undertaking. Not very important, I spend 99% of my time in KDE anyway. Ill leave that kernel recompile for a rainy day.

Question while im here.

Is there anyway to change the ?? in the boot loader to "Windblowz XP"?
 
Old 05-19-2005, 06:54 AM   #10
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Any progress on getting higher resolutions? I've been trying for a couple weeks to find out how to get a 132x60 console. The best I can do is 100x37, which is better but not what I want. All my searches come up with quotes of the vidcontrol man page. They all say it's possible but I have yet to find an explanation that works to actually get 132x60.

Kent
 
Old 05-20-2005, 11:25 AM   #11
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oxleyk,
As I posted earlier in this thread, I never got mine above 132x43.

I eventually crashed my FreeBSD (as usual) doing a system wide update , and since then
did drive(s) upgrade and have not tackled FreeBSD since - although its on my list of things
to do. If you do get some good results with the FB, please post back - I'll do the same.
best regards
-tw
 
Old 05-20-2005, 06:27 PM   #12
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Bah, I wish it could be possible in OpenBSD, but it probably isnt.
 
  


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