[PC-BSD Testing] Testing Digest, Vol 16, Issue 15

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Wed May 28 09:52:12 PDT 2008


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1.  Installation issues on  HP Vectra VL400 PIII at 866 MHz RAM=512 MB,
Video=Matrox G200
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1.1  Previous history:  Installed standard release of first release of
PCBSD 7.0 Alpha without any problems.

1.2  Current History:  Installation of PCBSD 7.0A (5/24/2008) with problems:

1.2.1  1st Install -- I attempted to install with ZFS file system.
During the install routine the messages that scroll above the progress
bar constantly reported that it could not create /usr/local directory
and subdirectories.  Consequently the installer reported an install
failure at the end.  I plan to re-attempt this install later.

1.2.2  2nd Install -- Using UFS2+Journaling file system.

1.2.2(a) Using boot option #1 (Standard) I got a freeze when the sound
driver loaded.  Here is the output:

<snip>
Initial i386 initialization:.
Additional ABI support:.
pcm0: <Intel ICH (82801AA)> port 0x1200-0x12ff,0x1300-0x133f irq 9 at
device 31.5 on pci0
pcm0: [ITHREAD]
pcm0: <Cirrus Logic CS4299 AC97 Codec>      <----------- HANGS AT THIS POINT


1.2.2(b) Using boot option #2 (No ACPI) I was able to get past the
sound driver freeze point. Here is the additional output after the
line for pcm0:<Cirrus Logic CS4299 AC97 Codec>:

/PCBSD/soundDetect/soundcards.xml: 154: parser error:  Extra content
at end of the document snd_aureal>
/PCBSD/soundDetect/soundcards.xml not found!
sound_detect:
Error loading module ... snd_driver: File exists
Starting cupsd


1.2.2(c) Additionally, when the desktop came up, I had two small
windows titled "Examine File Progress" and "Examine File Progress <2>"
and each contained the same reference to source:  trash:/  and neither
progress meter made any progress.


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2.  Excellent install experience on Acer Laptop P4 at 1.5MHz Centrino,
RAM=2Gb, Integrated Intel video/sound/wireless lan (Pro 2200 B/G)--
UFS2+Journaling
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2.1  Previous History.  PCBSD 1.4.x through 1.5 would all installed
well, but PCBSD 1.5.1 and PCBSD 7.0 initial releases both would fail
and spontaneously reboot just after starting X.  Kris reviewed my
testing list postings on this problem and concluded the failure was
related to a read error extracting from the compressed file.  I tested
and validated the checksum of the download, validated the integrity of
the burn against the ISO file, and tested burn by successful
installation in two other computers:  a desktop and a Compaq/HP ML-370
server.  I never could could get 1st disk or new burns to complete
install.  With the newest alpha, things have changed for the better.

2.2  Current history:  Installation of PCBSD 7.0A (5/24/2008) without
problems.  See comments.

2.3  Comments:

2.3.1  I liked that the install routine checked the "integrity of
installer archive."  It didn't take too long and it added to the
comfort level because of  past history.  I had zero problems with this
install routine.

2.3.2  I liked the new opening screen of the GUI installer.  The
keyboard choice was nice and surprisingly very comprehensive. Because
there are so many choices, I wonder if a search function could be
employed?

2.3.3  I noted the install routine proceeded to finish much faster
than the FreeBSD 6.x based versions of PCBSD (12~13 minutes for base
install compared with 20~22 in prior versions).

2.3.4  I had trouble customizing the desktop and wireless network
configuration because the changes would not take effect.  However, as
noted by Bill L., changes did take effect after a reboot.

2.3.5  The "log out" button is not obvious on the start menu.  Perhaps
a label can be put under the button.

2.3.6  I'm very impressed with the wireless network's speed once the
card (Intel Pro 2200 B/G) is configured.

2.3.7  Source and Port fetch worked well and much faster than in the past.

2.3.8  I used ports to install Firefox 2.0.14, current stable Opera,
and Gwenview.  Konqueror, Firefox, and Opera all offer much faster
performance than previous versions of PCBSD.

2.3.9  Opera would not play YouTube videos and complained that flash
was not installed.  Firefox played YouTube videos just fine.  I tried
to install VLC multimedia player, but the compile failed with two
errors at the very end.

2.3.10  There is improved laptop functionality because the laptop
hibernation & wakeup works perfectly!  I closed the lid several times
and the laptop woke up at the the slightest finder slide on the
touchpad.  I had the lid closed for seven hours and it woke up
perfectly and instantly.  Eat your heart out windows users!


Thank you Kris, Tim, Matt, and the rest of the PCBSD Team for this
PCBSD 7.0 release and all your very hard work.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio




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> From: Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.com>
> Subject: [PC-BSD Testing] New Alpha ISO 05242008
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> Everybody,
>
> Here's the latest PCBSD7 alpha ISO for testing:
>
> ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-isos/i386/PCBSD7-Alpha-x86-05242008.iso
>
> MD5 (PCBSD7-Alpha-x86-05242008.iso) = c20aaf83cc1c92ca7dfcaf8f0bbdeea2
>
> This ISO has a few new features which will require some testing to
> ensure proper functionality. First is the improved keyboard selection
> tool in the installer GUI. Now you are able to select your layout, model
> and variant from all the available choices in Xorg. Your choice will be
> immediately enabled, and then should be transfered to your installed
> system as well.
>
> Next is the ability to choose your filesystem type for the install. So
> far I've gotten working UFS, UFS + Softupdates and UFS + Journaling.
> Please test these options out, and let us know of any problems you
> encounter. There is an option for ZFS as well, but it is not yet
> implemented, so please don't bother trying it just yet. The next alpha
> will hopefully have it fully implemented.
>
> Thanks!
>
> --
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
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> Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 09:29:03 -0700
> From: Bill Leeper <protagonist at charter.net>
> Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] New Alpha ISO 05242008
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> I am having a couple of problems here. The first one occurred during
> the install process. When I tried booting off the CD to install it
> hung up and the last two lines on the screen were:
>
> usb0: <Intel 82801 FB/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6) USB controller USB-A> on uhci0
> usb: usb revision 1.0
>
> I tried twice and got the exact same thing, a lockup that required
> powering down to reset. Since my mouse is the only USB device
> attached I tried shutting down and disconnecting the mouse. It then
> booted to the installer and I plugged the mouse back in, but in a
> different port, and all went well.
>
> I noticed there were two trash cans, one on the desktop itself and
> the other in the extreme right corner of the task bar.
>
> Also, when the desktop appeared I had an open window titled Examining
> File Progress open and  the source was listed as trash:/ with the
> progree bar showing 0%. This did not show any progress and the window
> stayed open.
>
> As with the previous Alphas I have not been able to run any of the
> pbi's I install. They install fine but error out. I presume this is
> to be expected at this point?
>
> I installed using the ufs + journaling and so far so good. I will be
> trying additional installs over the next few days and will see if I
> get the same hang up with the mouse on a different port.
>
> Anyway, just wanted to get in a few quick tests this morning before I
> got busy. I do like the new desktop in these alphas. Keep up the good
> work.
>
>
> On May 25, 2008, at 6:38 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
>
>>
>> Everybody,
>>
>> Here's the latest PCBSD7 alpha ISO for testing:
>>
>> ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-isos/i386/PCBSD7-Alpha-x86-05242008.iso
>>
>> MD5 (PCBSD7-Alpha-x86-05242008.iso) = c20aaf83cc1c92ca7dfcaf8f0bbdeea2
>>
>> This ISO has a few new features which will require some testing to
>> ensure proper functionality. First is the improved keyboard selection
>> tool in the installer GUI. Now you are able to select your layout,
>> model
>> and variant from all the available choices in Xorg. Your choice
>> will be
>> immediately enabled, and then should be transfered to your installed
>> system as well.
>>
>> Next is the ability to choose your filesystem type for the install. So
>> far I've gotten working UFS, UFS + Softupdates and UFS + Journaling.
>> Please test these options out, and let us know of any problems you
>> encounter. There is an option for ZFS as well, but it is not yet
>> implemented, so please don't bother trying it just yet. The next alpha
>> will hopefully have it fully implemented.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> --
>> Kris Moore
>> PC-BSD Software
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