Console resolution/font size

Janos Dohanics web at
Wed Nov 25 07:04:04 UTC 2020


I have a newly installed FreeBSD 13.0-CURRENT Thinkpad T480:

FreeBSD 13.0-CURRENT #0 2ed50808d2b-c254384(main): Thu Nov 12 07:29:09 UTC 2020
    root at amd64
FreeBSD clang version 11.0.0 (git at llvmorg-11.0.0-0-g176249bd673)
WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
VT(efifb): resolution 1920x1080
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8350U CPU @ 1.70GHz (1896.08-MHz K8-class CPU)

The screen is hardly readable at the resolution 1920x1080.

At boot time I escaped to loader prompt and selected "mode 3" which
gave the screen resolution 800x600.

In /boot/loader.conf I added:


But after reboot, I'm back to the nearly unusable resolution of

How can I make a specific console resolution presistent across reboots?
And how would I set a resolution between 800x600 and 1920x1080? Why is
the setting in /boot/loader.conf ignored?

Janos Dohanics

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