Restoring sc console look and feel with vt

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Tue Sep 5 19:13:06 UTC 2017

On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 1:49 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> I'll try to express better:
> When the system boots, the screen uses 80x25 characters. The
> character size depends on the screen size of course. With sc,
> I get "big letters" on a 21" CRT, as intended.
> When booting with vt, the system starts booting with the 80x25
> mode, then switches to a font where I'd say the screen has
> 160x100 characters (just a guess, I didn't count them actually).
> Those are "small letters", even on a 21" CRT, too small for me
> to be read conveniently.
> So what I need is a way to tell vt to display 80x25 characters
> that "scale up", and generally make them look like the regular
> sc text mode.
> > For the former, removing the previous advice from loader.conf would be
> the
> > first step.  Then you should be able to find an acceptable setting
> > experimenting with vidcontrol eg resolution/fonts.
> With vidcontrol, I only get error messages. I think it ie tied
> to sc? I also have no idea what font names to try...

 Does your video hw requite kms?  If so, when is it loaded?  It should
loaded from loader.conf, not later.

You may need to explicitly define:


You can load fonts with:

vidcontrol -f <font_name>

Fonts should be located in:



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