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Date:      Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:35:41 +0200 (CEST)
From:      Sascha Vieweg <>
To:        Warren Block <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD VMWare Mac screen resulution and keyboard map
Message-ID:  <alpine.OSX.2.02.1104182031240.1690@vyvhz>
In-Reply-To: <>
References:  <alpine.OSX.2.02.1104081808050.15924@vyvhz.ybpny> <>

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On 11-04-09 17:17, Warren Block wrote:

> On Fri, 8 Apr 2011, Sascha Vieweg wrote:
>>  As a curious beginner I am running FreeBSD on VMWare Fusion
>>  3.1.2 on a MacBook Pro 13'' i5, and I want to do two things on
>>  the normal (startup) console:
>>  (1) use my apple keyboard, especially, scroll through console
>>  output
> man syscons | less -p'Back Scrolling'

... Says: press the `slock' key (with some PC keyboard 
description). However, I have got a MB Pro where no such key is 
available. Thus, I may repeat my question: How can I get console 
scolling working on my MacBook Pro 13''?

>>  (2) have a screen resolution of at least 800x600.
> vidcontrol(1) can set different modes, potentially including 
> VESA_800x600. What's available depends on the video card BIOS 
> and you'll probably have to build a kernel with SC_PIXEL_MODE.
>>  Both things seem to be no particular problem in X11, however,
>>  I cannot find advices for the normal console.
> Unless you're trying to emulate a machine without X11 for a 
> particular purpose, xterms are more versatile than consoles. 
> It's probably possible to get a console-like stack of fullscreen 
> xterms with one of the mouseless window managers.

Thanks, the vidcontrol tip helped a lot.


Sascha Vieweg,

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