[PC-BSD Testing] Testing Digest, Vol 14, Issue 1

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 08:48:46 PST 2008

Yesterday I installed PCBSD 1.5 on an Acer Travelmate laptop and reported
some installation problems.  Today, the install went much better on a more
standard desktop computer:

HP Vectra VL400 P3 @ 800 MHz, 512 Gb Ram, Matrox G200 Video, xl0: 3Com
3c905C-TX NIC,

As a result of the outcome here, I am going to reinstall on the laptop to
see if the same problems occur or if install does better.

Here are some comments:


Flawless.  Prompted for and accepted second disk.


Flawless X configuration.  Let me set and retain 1600x1200 without problem.

NETWORKING:  Flawless DSL auto-detection, set-up, and connection to router.

FONT VIEWER -- Did not crash.

K3B -- Loaded without errors.

SOUND:  Problem report:

pcm0: <Intel ICH (82801AA)> port 0x1200-0x12ff,0x1300-0x133f irq 9 at device
31.5 on pci0
pcm0: <Cirrus Logic CS4299 AC97 Codec>
ink_elf_lookup_symbol: missing symbol hash table
last message repeated 8 times

UPDATE MANAGER:  Problem report.

Update manager advised of PBI update to take Firefox to version
Effective use of shape and colors on the taskbar system status. Nice, easy
to use window display.  Nice progress monitoring.

Firefox PBI problem.  Update Manager reported that FF had downloaded ok.
Firefox PBI did not appear to update as Firefox still reported itself as and the Update Manager icon remained in its blue triangle shape and
keeps reporting that there is a PBI update to take Firefox to  I
did a search of the hard disk to see if any PBI had downloaded.  I found
nothing.  I looked on pbidir.com to see if there was a Firefox, but
there was not.  The PBI build server reported the last build of FF was on
2/28/08, version

Messages output contained this line:

TTY=unknown ; PWD=/usr/home/IR ; USER=root ;

Question -- Do you have to be root to update programs?  Nothing prompted for
root password, but maybe the update never got that far as the PBI never ran.

MANAGE PRINTING -- Problem report:  Did nothing whatsoever.

> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 18:14:41 -0500
> From: "Ian Robinson" <fitchkendall at gmail.com>
> Subject: [PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 1.5rc1 -- Comments
> To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org
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>        <d241ea4c0803021514l7c3c421am39be1905384db651 at mail.gmail.com>
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> Installed on Acer Travelmate 4001 (P4-M w/ 1.5GHz, 2Gb Ram, Intel on-board
> video- 82855 )
> Pros:  (1) I liked what appears to be an even faster installer.   (2)
> Computer booted faster.
> Cons:
> (1) The Installer had a problem with Disk 2.  Although I selected several
> packages, source code, and ports to install, I was never prompted to
> Insert
> Disk #2.
> (2) After being prompted to Finish & Reboot, the computer did not reboot.
> The screen changed to black and appeared to be frozen.  After power down,
> PCBSD started up normally and went into the X configuration routine.
> (3)  Although the X-configuration selected the correct driver (intel) and
> gave a nice list of available resolutions, the 1280x1024 I selected and
> confirmed was not what came up.  The display turned  out to be the common
> 1024x768.
> Pros:
> (1) Correctly detected the built-in Intel Wireless card and appropriate
> driver (iwi)
> (2) The Network Configuration Wizard opened to a default size large enough
> to see the Administrator button.
> (3)
> Cons:
> (1)  Did not auto-configure  wireless card.
> (2)  Network Configuration Wizard would not activate the "Configuration"
> Button to let me select or go into the  configuration window.  I was in
> the
> administrator mode as shown by the red line border.
> (3)  When I used a terminal & the ifconfig command to configure the iwi,
> the
> Network Configuration Wizard then crashed and the KDE Crash Handler
> appeared.  The good news is that the crash did not damage the ifconfig
> results, and the iwi driver is working great.
> Pros:
> (1) Boots faster.  Runs faster.  (Totally subjective of course.)
> (2) Liked the green arrow icon showing my system was up-to-date
> (3) System Fonts look very nice.
> Cons:
> (1) Could not Fetch System Source (CSup) but was able to run "find fastest
> server" widget without problem.
> (2) Could not Fetch Ports -- terminated after 22% saying that the server
> was
> down or I had a connection problem.
> Pros:
> (1)  Programs appear to be loading faster.  System seems faster than
> 1.4.x.x
> (2)  See comment on unable to get prompt for Disk #2 in the "Installation"
> section above.
> Cons:
> (1) K3B complained that its system probe failed to find the cdrtools
> package.  Perhaps if ports were installed, this error would not have
> occurred.
> (2) KFontView crashed.
> (3) Manage Cups Printing did not come up.
> Have not tried any PBI's
> Thanks for the new release.  I was impressed that you put FreeBSD 6.3 on
> the
> release without any fanfare.  Producing the 1.5 release so soon on
> the heels of 1.4 is very impressive.
> Do you guys get time to sleep?
> Best regards,
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio
> FitchKendall [at] Gmail [dot] com
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