Bug 231465

Summary: vt failure using HP ILO vs vt driver and hw.vga.textmode=1 vs Matrox G200e video card
Product: Base System Reporter: JeanAumont
Component: kernAssignee: freebsd-bugs (Nobody) <bugs>
Status: New ---    
Severity: Affects Many People CC: emaste
Priority: --- Keywords: vt
Version: 11.2-STABLE   
Hardware: amd64   
OS: Any   

Description JeanAumont 2018-09-18 19:51:52 UTC
Hi,

I have many HP servers ranging from DL 180 G6 to DL xxx G9 and I normaly set kern.vty=sc and I can see the boot completely in the HP ILO.

Since the "sc" driver is not suported any more, I tried to set the kern.vty=vt.
I have tried both values (1 and 0) for the hw.vga.textmode variable and I still can not see the screen. The image is still bleury.

Many of those servers have an inboard card like the Matrox G200e.

root]# pciconf -lv | grep -B3 display
vgapci0@pci0:2:0:0: class=0x030000 card=0x010019a2 chip=0x0522102b rev=0x02hdr=0x00
vendor = 'Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd.'
device = 'MGA G200e [Pilot] ServerEngines (SEP1)'
class = display
 
I have the impression that the hw.vga.textmode is ignore completely by the loader at boot.

Can you suggest any solution to this problem or put back the "SC" driver in FreeBSD since it does not seem to be replace properly by the "VT" driver.

Thanks,

Jean Aumont
Comment 1 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2019-09-16 19:21:06 UTC
> I have the impression that the hw.vga.textmode is ignore completely by the
> loader at boot.

The loader does not use hw.vga.textmode, it is only used by the kernel. The loader runs in whatever mode the system's firmware configured.