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Default Doh! How did I miss this!

The answer to my question is in the FAQ: 7.5 - How do I use a console resolution of 80x50?

I don't know how I missed that. On the other hand, the example given doesn't seem to work in my environment. With this:

Code:
wsfontload -h 8 -e ibm /usr/share/misc/pcvtfonts/vt220l.808
wsconscfg -dF 5
wsconscfg -t 80x50 5
Everything seems to go well enough until I switch to screen 5 (ttyC5) with [CTRL]+[ALT]+[F6]. The resolution appears to still be 80x25 but now only the top half of the characters are displayed. This happens on a machine with a "ATI Rage XL" graphics device (dmesg). I tried this again on a machine with a "NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 430" graphics device (dmesg) and it worked as expected.

The FAQ does say: "Note: this will not work on all video cards. Unfortunately, not all video cards support the uploaded fonts that wscons(4) requires to achieve the 80x50 text mode."

Hmm, I wonder if the FreeBSD syscons(4) fonts will work with OpenBSD wscons(4) and the ATI Rage XL video device?
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