Fwd: How to get a high resolution console for FreeBSD inside a VMWare image?

Teo De Las Heras teoheras at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 11:04:15 PDT 2005

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From: Teo De Las Heras <teoheras at gmail.com>
Date: Oct 14, 2005 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: How to get a high resolution console for FreeBSD inside a
VMWare image?
To: Jared Evans <jnevans at gmail.com>

yeah...you'll need to install the vmware tools for FreeBSD. Here's the link:
 I was in the same situation and it worked for me.

 On 10/14/05, Jared Evans <jnevans at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know that this isn't exactly a standard configuration (VMWare as opposed
> to native installation) for FreeBSD so most of the answers I found online
> weren't really applicable for me.
> I simply wanted a high resolution FreeBSD console PTYs running under
> VMWare.
> It was surprisingly more complex than I expected:
> When attempting to change screen resolution for a console in FreeBSD
> running
> under VMWare, I ran across this error message:
> > vidcontrol -g 100x37 VESA_800x600
> vidcontrol: cannot set videomode inappropriate ioctl for device
> It seemed to me that VMWare was unable to init VESA correctly in console
> but
> strangely enough Xorg is capable of changing to a higher resolution
> without
> any problems.
> After some googling:
> VESA driver in current source tree checks the NONVGA flag of VESA
> information block when loading. If this flag is set it will refuse to
> initialize. Most VESA adapters do not set this flag, but the virtual
> display
> adapter in VMWare does.
> in src/sys/i386/isa/vesa.c, there is a check for the flag V_NONVGA in line
> 655. If you comment it out, flag check will be bypassed. After all, if
> Xorg
> can use higher resolution, there shouldn't be a problem using VESA on the
> console!
> Re-compiling my kernel to include the below as suggested by several more
> web
> searches:
> options VESA
> options SC_PIXEL_MODE
> options VGA_WIDTH90
> rebooting then:
> > vidcontrol -g 100x37 VESA_800x600
> vidcontrol: operation not supported by device
> Any more tips for me?
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