[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 8.0-RC-x64 -- Various Problems

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 11:34:17 PST 2010

PCBSD 8.0-RC-x64 (Fresh Install)
Dual Xeon 64-bit processor @ 3.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM
Video Adapter = NVidia Quadro FX 3400 w/ 256 Mb memory

The following problems have appeared in my system since the BETA version:

1.  Screen Rendering Delay:  Screen rendering is generally slow.  For
example, there is a five to ten second delay after clicking on Start Menu
(Kickoff Application Launcher) for it to expand, and after trying to move
from one tab to the other (for example, moving from Favorites to

2. Screen color contamination:  The menu background (white) is often
contaminated with 1/2" stripes the same color as the desktop screen.  In
terminal (green letters on black bckgrnd), it will occasionally generate a
1/2" wide stripe matching the colors of the desktop screen.

3. KM Player:  Buttons for "Play" and "Pause" are virtually invisible unlike
the "Stop" button which has black insets and borders.  All the other buttons
have visibly colored icons.

4.  Web Pages Slow to Load:  Delay in getting web pages to load and in
saving images to disk (i.e., waiting for save dialog window to appear).

5. Menu background contamination:  The menu background (white) is often
contaminated with 1/2" stripes the same color as the desktop screen.

6.  System Manager:  Displays incorrect system memory.  Although the
computer has 4 GB of memory, system manager reports on 768 MB.

7. Dolphin Admin:  Could  not delete files.  Error message said "Could not
start process.  Cannot talk to Klauncher:  Not connected to DBus Server.

8. KMix:  Sound Mixer (KMix) will not load from the menus.  However, it will
load if you click on the speaker icon next to the clock and chose mixer from

The following problems existed in previous testing versions of PCBSD 8.0 and
still exist:

9. Dolphin Admin:  Could not start text editor in Dolphin Admin.  Error
message said:  "KDEInit could not launch 'usr/local/kde4/bin/kwrite'"

10.  Sound card -- No sound.  The sound card is an Intel ICH5 (AC'97).
Sound support is enabled in /boot/loader.conf and /etc/rc.conf.  I've
confirmed that the sound card is recognized by the system, that the speakers
are on, that the speaker inputs/computer outputs are connected, that the
mixer volumes are "up" and not muted.  I've tried different sets of speakers
known to work.  The sound card & speakers worked under PCBSD 7.1.1.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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