Actually, high-res console is not really an issue, as you can simply use vesa modes (vga=0xXXX) which is close enough (minus flicker and very-slow-switch).
Minus native resolution if it's not in the vbios of the card, which in many cases it isn't (particularly widescreen resolutions tend to be absent).
Originally Posted by gilboa
However, at least in theory (read: in the future), KMS should give you an option to see OOps message while in X.
Not in theory, the future is now . Has been here for some time now. Check your dmesg, you'll see "drm: registered panic notifier" in there - if you're using a KMS driver that is . Nvidia could easily implement their own such notifier, I doubt drm and KMS are strictly needed for that.