[PC-BSD Support] Help with installation (dualboot windows xp, pc-bsd replacing linux)

Jermia zhjermia at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 21:58:54 PDT 2009

Hi, Kris,

I use LCD.
That's great. It worked good with 1024x768. I feel I'd like pc-bsd. I don't
know much about bsd yet, so this is just a personal feeling after installing
it the first time. I feel I can start working with it right away, while
climbing the learning curve.
If we're thinking a little bit about linux (not to criticize in a bad way),
I feel that it's a very customizable OS, until a point that it's only used
by computer geek or someone who like to play with customizing their
computer. Not for one who likes to work (produce something) using their
computer. You need to spend time to configure at least few things -- if not
all -- to start working with linux. However, I also do think that it's a
good OS too for those who understand, or have customer support/technician on

More questions:
1. I don't see wine for 64 bit in the pbidir. I tried download the 32bit
version, and launch it, but nothing happened. Does that mean I can't use
wine in my 64bit pc-bsd?
2. Opera was very slow compared to konqueror, so I uninstalled it. Does
someone here has same experience?
3. Fonts in konqueror and opera was ugly. It was not smooth; something like
dashed line or rough line (I don't know how to describe it). How to change
4. Can I install 32bit pc-bsd on my AMD64 computer, with 2GB of memory ?

Thanks Kris and others.


On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:

> Glad you got the dual-boot stuff figured out. As for the video, are you
> on a LCD or CRT? Give this a shot:
> Boot PC-BSD, and hit option "7" for display setup wizard at the boot
> prompt.
> At the wizard, go to the advanced tab, and check "specify horz/vert refresh
> rates".
> You can leave them the default, or try entering your own. With that set,
> give Vesa a try again, does it let you go beyond 800x600 now?
> --
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
>  On Sun, 11 Oct 2009, zhjermia wrote:
>   Just report back, and maybe it'll be useful for other who seek similar
>> information. This is what i did (as suggested):
>> 1. Open compmgmt.msc in windows.
>> 2. Delete all linux partition, create new primary partition there.
>> 3. Install GAG. straight forward and very easy.
>> 4. Install pc-bsd, to the new partition, without the pc-bsd
>> bootloader. In my case, it's safe for my windows partition. It's not
>> touched during the whole process.
>> 5. Add each OS to GAG.
>> Overall it was actually simple and easy.
>> Wireless networking need a little work to setup. But display
>> resolution can't get more than 800x600 using vesa. Perhaps that's
>> because i use 64bit version. My graphic card is nvidia 7050pv, onboard
>> Abit M2HD. Nv doesn't work. So i decided to left it on my harddisk but
>> I boot back to windows.
>> Thanks to all who replied and gave direction.
>> Rgds,
>> Jermia.zh
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