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On a Fedora 17 system (i915 hardware) KMS works out of the box - and using the console (i.e. Ctrl+Alt+F2 etc.) is very framebuffer-like. To the point that scrolling through a man page or cat log-files is dog-slow.

How can I configure the console speed in general? Or can I increase the scroll-speed somehow?

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I used to use FB quite a bit with SuSE, Slack and Gentoo on laptops, and had a similar problem.

I appended video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr:3 to my kernel boot parameters and would speed things up a bunch.

More on the Gentoo wiki: http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Framebuffer#Kernel_Command_Line_Options

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    A little more info what the parameters do, and why it speeds things up, is appreciated in case the remote website is down.
    – Pro Backup
    Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 23:56
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One can also try to disable fbdev and run SVGATextMode (that works well on nVidia hardware) from init instead. It will give a native VGA-like text mode that is very fast, but modes are tedious to setup for good text quality with modern monitors and they have some limitations (font no more than 9 dots wide and 512 characters in it maximum).

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