My guess is that the original poster is using a Diamond S530III graphics card, powered by the Savage4+ chip.
This does not work under FreeBSD as far as I can tell. Well, it does, in 640x480 in 16 colours. Shame is, this is one of the graphics chips not supported in XFree86 4.0 in its initial release. I hope that support is incorporated very quickly.
Damn it, why did I have to buy the most irksome graphics card on the market? I am going with ATI next time, primarily because of their display at CeBIT (nice dancing girls etc). (Waits for other half to come over and beat me up)... OUCH! Not there. Please! <sweat> :-)
I too am tired of using vidcontrol to get bigger text terminals... but it is worth is for yellow on purple text. I also like running at 40x25 for that 8bit feeling. :-)
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