[PC-BSD Testing] 7 Alpha 4 fixes laptop wifi problems with iwi

Bill Leeper protagonist at charter.net
Sat Jul 19 15:23:35 PDT 2008

On Saturday 19 July 2008 14:54:13 Ian Robinson wrote:
> Dear Kris,
> 1. iwi Wifi fixed.  The new Alpha 4 release fixes the wifi problem I
> had with the iwi driver.  I wrote over the Alpha 3 release as soon as
> I had a freshly minted dvd to install, so I cannot test with the
> commands you gave me.
> Looking into the /boot/firmware directory shows there are no iwi
> files.  Obviously my comment about that was proven wrong.
> I am guessing that the radio was not "on" as I never saw the blinking
> amber light on the laptop's front panel.  As you know, the inner
> workings of the "on" switch for the Intel PRO/2200 are so secret that
> not even God knows, and the usual workaround was to boot into and out
> of Whine_doze to make sure radio was on.   Alas, that did me no good.
> I am pleased to tell you that my wifi is perfect now, and scan detects
> all the wireless radios in the neighborhood.
> 2. Screen Freeze fixed. My other problem about a screen freeze has
> also disappeared.  I've been running for almost two hours in and out
> of many programs without so much as a hiccup.  Viewing the Desktop
> Quick Guide almost always had sent me to the black blinking screen of
> death.  No longer.
> 3.  Bill mentioned he had experienced problems with his monitor going
> in and out of standby.  I'm running the Alpha versions on three
> different systems (PIII desktop w/ Matrox G450 video card, Dual P3
> ML-370 server w/ ATI Rage Video and SCSI Raid array, and this laptop
> w/ Intel 855 Video), and all of the monitors go into and recover from
> standby just fine with my equipment combinations.
> 4.  I still have a "Lost & Found" menu item under the Applications Tab
> containing Akonadi Console and KJotsPart.
> 5.  It's great to have Konsole working.
> 6.  More speed, more power, more Wow!  The combination of FreeBSD 7
> and KDE 4.1 RC1 really gives this computer some heretofore unexpected
> power.  Big directories read faster, Gmail loads faster, images
> resolve faster.  My pulse is up.  I'll probably have to be sedated
> soon with whatever doctors and psychiatrists give people to bring them
> back down to normal.
> 7.  This morning I saw and downloaded a PCBSD 7.0 Alpha 4  .img file
> for USB installation.  There was no readme or directions.  There were
> several examples existing on the WWW that said to use dd to copy the
> .img file to the USB stick.  Is that the plan intended for the .img?
> However, this afternoon, the ftp site did not have the USB img
> anymore.  Was there a problem?
> Thanks again Kris, Tim, and The Team.
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio
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My problem was with the previous release. This one has fixed that problem. And 
you are correct, PC-BSD is really starting to rock. 

I did try the Digikam PBI today. It installs and runs, but no longer finds my 
camera. Also, I had a problem with installing it on the previous version and 
this as well. I installed it and ran it up and with the camera already plugged 
in. Running Digikam for the first time totally locked up my system. In each 
case this did not happen again after doing a shutdown and restart.


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