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I'm trying to reconfigure FreeBSD 8 (amd64) to allow for a high resolution terminal by following these instructions. The problem is that when I add the two lines:

options VESA

and try to build:

make buildkernel KERNCONF=VESAKERN

I get the following error:

/usr/src/sys/amd64/conf/VESAKERN: unknown option "VESA"

and I have no idea why.

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VESA doesn't work on FreeBSD/amd64, VESA bios functions are 32bit i386 code. FreeBSD/amd64 cannot make calls to these functions.

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