[PC-BSD Support] Query about installing PC-BSD 9 on laptop

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 08:22:30 PDT 2012

On 26/03/2012, Dru Lavigne <dru.lavigne at att.net> wrote:
>> >> I downloaded the DVD and tried to instal it, but it
>> gets
>> >> part way
>> >> through the installation process and then just
>> hangs, with a
>> >> blinking
>> >> cursor in the top left corner of the screen, and
>> the screen
>> >> otherwise
>> >> blank, requiring a reboot and the removal of the
>> >> installation disc.
>> >
>> > Hi Bret,
>> >
>> > Does it always hang in the same spot? If so, where?
>> >
>> > Did you change any of the defaults during the install
>> (e.g. custom disks)?
>> > Which window manager(s) and system components did you
>> select? You're
>> > installing on the 20GB primary? Is it the primary or a
>> secondary disk?
>> >
>> > Cheers,
>> >
>> > Dru
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>> >
>> Hello.
>> I think that it does not get to the stage of offering
>> options.
>> Where I have tried to instal it, is partition 2 (sda2) of
>> the primary
>> partition on the single hard disk drive. That partition is a
>> 20GB (of
>> a 160GB HDD), which I figure would be adequate.
>> I think that the last thing that I saw before the display
>> went to
>> showing only the blinking cursor on the blank screen, is a
>> line about
>> xorg, but I will need to run it again, to check.
>> I am not sure, but, from memory, I saw a message sometime
>> ago, about
>> the initial version of PC-BSD 9 not including a driver for
>> the
>> particular graphics adapter, or for inbuilt graphics
>> adapters, and
>> that PC-BSD 9.0 is designed for, or, runs best on (or
>> something like
>> that) the Nvidia graphics adapters, and not yet for Intel
>> inbuilt
>> graphics adapters. The link for the specifications that I
>> previously
>> posted, show the computer chipset as being Intel 855GM ,
>> with graphics
>> being
>> "Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 with up to 64 MB of
>> shared system
>> memory for graphics "
>> and
>> "Graphics adapter/card  Intel 855GM".
>> In checking the particular model variant identifier (for
>> want of a
>> better name), it starts with Cnx5000U, which indicates that
>> it has the
>> NX5000 standard graphics adaptor, as specified above.
>> As to the last thing that it displays before the blank
>> screen with the
>> flashing cursor, I will have to check that.
> It does sound like that it is hanging at the video configuration. Does
> selecting "Boot with X in VESA mode" at the boot menu make a difference?

Yes, that did it.

I seem to have installed it, using that option.

The problem is, having installed it on a system with Debian 6.03
installed, I now have to figure out how to get the GRUB loader to seek
and find the PC-BSD installation and to include PC-BSD as a boot
option, so that I can boot into it, as the Finish (of the PC-BSD
installation) reboots the computer, but does not update the GRUB menu,
or offer a multiple boot option.

So, I have to figure this out so that I can boot into it.

One issue that arose during the installation; when I got to the
"Instal from CD/DVD" or "Instal from the Internet" choice, when I
selected the "Instal from the Internet" option, which I believe would
have supplied any updated components and possibly a wider range of
components, the choices that it offered, were
DHCP <something>
IPV6 with SLAAC (?)
Intel <something>
Broadcom <something>

, and, as none seemed appropriate (the LAN here uses static IPV4
addresses) and IPV4 was not offered, I had to select the "Instal from
CD/DVD" option, which may not have been as good as installing from the

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992


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