[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 9.0 hangs during installation

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Dec 13 12:18:39 PST 2010

On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 05:21:55PM -0800, Wilbert Leeper wrote:
> I have had that problem for  several years now. In my case  it seems to happen if I press a key too soon so I can watch  the boot process. Have you tried not pressing a key and waiting? I am doing the install in a VM on my Mac but had noticed it also when I had a physical system to use.
> On Dec 12, 2010, at 2:28 PM, Ian Robinson wrote:
> > Testing PCBSD 9.0 i386 on older Acer TravelMate 4001 (Intel Centrino P4 @ 1.5 GHz, 2 Gb RAM, Intel 82855BG video driver (iwi).
> > 
> > I was not able to install.
> > 
> > On "Normal Install" (install option #1) and the VESA install option, the installations appear to freeze immediately after going to the PCBSD splash screen.  I say appears to freeze because I see no CD disk activity and pressing "any key" does not remove the splash screen.  I waited five minutes to give it a chance to revive itself, but nothing happened.
> > 
> > I had more success using Verbose Install -- the installation proceeded, let me remove the splash screen to see the dmesg probe scrolling by, but the screen goes black and freezes immediately after displaying the message "Autoconfiguring X server."  I did not see a white rectangle in the upper left corner.  I waited five minutes but nothing else happened.
> > 
> > Ian Robinson
> > Salem, Ohio
> > 

Try this from the loader prompt, (Option 7 from boot media)

disable-module vesa
set module_path=/boot/kernel;/boot/modules;CONSOLE

That should disable the vesa splash completely, and then boot to the emergency console. From
there you can try vesa mode, or drop to a shell and modify /etc/X11/xorg.conf to change settings.
Does that get you any farther?

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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