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Old 09-09-2004, 06:23 PM   #1
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Trying to use "vidcontrol" to change resolution in console mode


I've used Slack 10 before and I miss the "1024x768x256 framebuffer console." I can do without the logo at the top but I was curious as to how I could make the font smaller in FreeBSD 5.2.1 at the text console so I can see more on the screen.

I experimented with "vidcontrol" to try to solve my problem. Should I use the -g option [geometry] to get results? I'm not quite sure how to use "vidcontrol" to do this and "man vidcontrol" isn't much help.

Does "vidcontrol -i mode" show if higher resolutions can be supported? If so, the highest option it showed in "vidcontrol -i mode" was 640x480x8. I'm sure I can go much higher than this, so how do I do it?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 09-09-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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Re: Trying to use "vidcontrol" to change resolution in console mode

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I've used Slack 10 before and I miss the "1024x768x256 framebuffer console." I can do without the logo at the top but I was curious as to how I could make the font smaller in FreeBSD 5.2.1 at the text console so I can see more on the screen.

I experimented with "vidcontrol" to try to solve my problem. Should I use the -g option [geometry] to get results? I'm not quite sure how to use "vidcontrol" to do this and "man vidcontrol" isn't much help.

Does "vidcontrol -i mode" show if higher resolutions can be supported? If so, the highest option it showed in "vidcontrol -i mode" was 640x480x8. I'm sure I can go much higher than this, so how do I do it?

Thanks in advance.
You need to somehow add VESA support to your kernel if it is not present.

Then you pick a resolution that is pleasing to the eyes and add it into your /etc/rc.conf

Something like this 'allscreens_flags="VESA_100x30"'
 
Old 09-10-2004, 02:46 AM   #3
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thank you. i'll give it a try when i'm not too lazy and report back.
 
  


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