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Date:      Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:25:27 -0400
From:      Christopher Hilton <>
To:        Sascha Vieweg <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD VMWare Mac screen resulution and keyboard map
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In-Reply-To: <alpine.OSX.2.02.1104081808050.15924@vyvhz.ybpny>
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On Apr 8, 2011, at 12:22 PM, 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
> (2) have a screen resolution of at least 800x600.
> Both things seem to be no particular problem in X11, however, I cannot find advices for the normal console.
> And: does anybody know what vertical and horizontal refresh rates my VMWare display have? According to the user handbook I need to specify this information in the X11 config file -- the current X11 display does not look very sharp.
> Thanks for help
> *S*

You should be able find the screen dimensions for that MacBook Pro somewhere on the net. If my memory is correct and it's like my 13" acrylic MacBook then it will be something either 1280x800 or, less likely, 1280x720. I'm really old so I use an config file in the standard location: /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file to control X. If I understand correctly this is not longer strictly necessary. You can generate a base config by running:

     # X -configure

That will write a file: into the current directory. For monitor setting I've never found anything on VMware Fusion, or the MacBook line that gives those numbers. I've been using:

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier      "Apple MacBook Pro A1286 Display"
    VendorName      "Apple"
    HorizSync       27.0-86.0
    VertRefresh     50.0-72.0
    Modeline "1440x900" 106.47 1440 1520 1672 1904 900 901 904 932 -HSync +Vsync
    Modeline "1280x800" 83.46 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828

I'm using the Vesa Driver rather than the native vmware one so I'm pretty sure that the MacBook is actually handling the display settings. Again, there are instructions on the net for hacking xorg.conf specifically for VMWare Fusion and or Parallels to get a crisp display on a FreeBSD VM on a Mac.


I haven't found a way to map a key to "Scroll Lock". I would imagine that the syscons driver is the place to look.

-- Chris

                                      "There will be an answer, Let it be."
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