Restoring sc console look and feel with vt

blubee blubeeme gurenchan at
Sun Dec 10 13:37:58 UTC 2017

When I was booting my laptop in BIOS mode my text was very large and
readable on this 4k screen.

After updating to UEFI my text is unreadable.

On the other side in BIOS mode I could only work with tty1, trying to
switch would crash my graphics card [GTX 1070] and force a reboot on UEFI I
can use different consoles no problem.

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

> On Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:12:45 +0200
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > As more and more systems got updated, vt has become the default
> > console driver, and sc and modern X seem to heavily collide, so
> > there is no way back. However, even though vt basically works,
> > the modes it automatically chooses are far from usable from my
> > point of view: The text is far too small to be conveniently read.
> > Also the colors seem to be "wrong" and of low contrast (compared
> > to sc, that is, on the same hardware).
> >
> > The "just works" feeling somehow has been lost... :-(
>         I stayed out of this thread because my system doesn't have the
> effect you describe, the console font is nice and big (80x29 on my
> 1280x1024 monitor) but a quick dig around didn't reveal any reason for me
> being so blessed.
>         I've stumbled across that reason now. My ancient nVidia ION
> hardware
> is supported by the old nVidia driver that doesn't speak KMS. Without KMS
> the display stays in vt 640x480 mode and seems to find a decently usable
> font by default and I can flip between consoles and X with no problems.
>         It seems that KMS is the problem rather than vt.
> --
> Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>
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