Relapse to 80x25 text mode from X
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Wed Sep 21 08:44:52 UTC 2016
On Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:43:09 +1000, Felix Friedlander wrote:
> > On 21 Sep. 2016, at 00:29, Ian Smith <smithi at nimnet.asn.au> wrote:
> > In freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 641, Issue 3, Message: 15
> > On Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:59:43 +0200 Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> >> When I initially installed X on my "new" Lenovo Thinkpad R61i,
> >> after leaving X (or after switching to text mode with the
> >> key combination Ctrl+Alt+PF1) the screen would still show
> >> the X image, leaving me "blind" at the console. Changing
> >> the sc driver to vt solved that problem, but opened a new
> >> one: The text mode font is tiny and unreadable.
> >> What is the preferred way of keeping the console in 80x25
> >> mode _and_ being able to switch from/to X?
> >> In other words: Is it possible to relapse to the default
> >> behaviour of 80x25 sc and X that has worked for decades?
> >> If yes, how?
> > I don't know but I'd like to, and I don't know but I'd like to, too.
> In vt(4), rows and columns are determined by font size. The default
> font (I think) is 8x16, so your terminal should therefore be 160x50.
> I donÿÿt know why you would want an 80x25 console on a 1280x800
> screen, but it is a valid request, so:
> 1280 / 80 = 16
> 800 / 25 = 32
> Looks like you want a 16x32 font. Youÿÿre in luck: from FreeBSD 11,
> thereÿÿs a font `vgarom-16x32' that should be what youÿÿre looking
> for. Load it with `vidfont' or `vidctl -f'. If youÿÿre still on
> FreeBSD-10, youÿÿll have to chase up a copy from somewhere, or
> compile it from the HEX file at
> (compile it with `vtfontcvt' - the finished file goes in
> I hope this helps - and I know vt sometimes has an odd way of doing
> things. I like it, but not everyone does.
My Lenovo X200 notebook also has a 1280x800 12" diagonal screen, and
like Polytropon, my eyesight is not what it once was. The difference in
readability vs this older T23 (1024x768 but 14") is considerable, and I
often enough switch from X to console that this is valuable info for me.
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