In High resolution console on FreeBSD I mentioned a
particular way of setting the VESA mode for syscons, but a post on the
freebsd-questions mailing list mentioned a different method. Instead
of setting the
/etc/rc.conf, you use the
Putting the following items into
/boot/device.hints puts syscons into
MODE_325 (1280x1024x32 on my VirtualBox installation).
hint.sc.0.at="isa" hint.sc.0.flags="0x180" hint.sc.0.vesa_mode="0x145"
This does not put FreeBSD into this mode as soon as the kernel starts booting, but it does as soon as the sc driver is loaded (which is much sooner than rc.conf is processed). As a result, a significant portion of your dmesg is available in your larger console.
Not critical, but neat. ;)