[PC-BSD Testing] PC-BSD 7.1 Alpha1 is up!
kris at pcbsd.com
Fri Feb 6 18:20:14 PST 2009
Bill Leeper wrote:
> A few quick comments. This version as of now is pretty much useless
> for me. It installs just fine, but from there it goes downhill.
> I have a nVidia 8500 video card so I may be running into the problems
> you talked about.
> When I boot to the video setup screen it does not automatically detect
> my card. It defaults to vesa with a resolution of 1024x768 but the
> monitor is really 1600x1200. It is extremely difficult to change
> either the driver or the resolution. When I click on the drop down
> arrow the selection box opens but as soon as I move the mouse off the
> arrow the box closes up. I did find that my using the cursor keys the
> selection would move but you can't see it move. You have to move it
> and then click the mouse and the box will close with the resolution
> selected that you couldn't see. :-) Anyway, by trial and error I
> managed to select the nVidia driver and the resolution.
> When I clicked next it tried to set the driver and resolution but came
> back with an error message about failing in the attempt. When I tried
> the vesa driver I was actually able to boot into 7.1, but I still had
> to go through the trial and error method to select vesa and the
> resolution I wanted. When I finally got booted into 7.1 the top 1" of
> the screen was corrupted video of all different colors. It was as if
> the whole thing was moved down the screen by about that much. The task
> bar at the bottom was off the screen. I could actually make the menu
> pop up by moving the mouse clear to the bottom in the correct place
> and clicking. So I was able to bring up the menu but I could never see
> the task bar.
> The final major problem was that everything was incredibly slow. I
> have never seen PCBSD run this slow. When I opened the settings it
> took a long time. Once in there none of the items would open when I
> double clicked on them so I could not even try to change any of the
> Anyway, I will do some more playing and get back with you.
This is all pretty much due to the Xorg update to 7.4 :( There's been
quite a few patches in ports to fix these issues since I've built the
alpha, so its possible that it's already been solved. I'll be kicking
off a new build next week with these patches to start testing it out as
well, since I use pretty much all nvidia for my desktops. I'll let you
know what I find. Hopefully it won't be that long for us to get all
these update kinks worked out, we'll get them fixed before any kind of
release though for sure :)
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