console video modes and console screensavers

Gonzalo Nemmi gnemmi at
Mon Aug 4 01:50:48 UTC 2008

On Sunday 03 August 2008 20:34:50 R Dicaire wrote:
> Hi folks...I was using allscreens mode of MODE_282 but I noticed the
> console screensaver never kicked in. When I went back to a standard
> 80x25 mode, screensaver works. Is this normal behaviour?

Apparently it is ..
My kernel conf looks like this (relevant part only):

device          vga                 # VGA video card driver

# Vesa support and options
options     VESA            # VESA support (man syscons)
options     SC_PIXEL_MODE   # SC Screen Resolution (man syscons)
options     SC_KERNEL_CONS_ATTR=(FG_LIGHTRED|BG_BLACK) # Kernel message will 
be printed red on black

# Splash and ScreenSaver support
device          splash          # Splash screen and screen saver support

# syscons is the default console driver, resembling an SCO console
device          sc

on /etc/rc.d


On that scenario, the only working screensaver seems to be "logo_saver" ... 
the rest of the screensavers don't work.

More info in here:

Gonzalo Nemmi

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