[PC-BSD Testing] Next Snapshot available

Arthur A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Wed May 19 06:01:17 PDT 2010

Ok, I got it. On some motherboards and most Dells 
I've used there's usually a BIOS setting to 
disable the IGP and use an add-in card. I'm 
guessing you're right about the new X Setup but 
just in case, look and see if there is a BIOS 
update which can often update the BIOS on the 
IGP. I know Dell does this on the 960s I deal 
with that have Intel IGPs on them. See if that helps any.


>Hi Arthur,
>My BIOS doesn't have an option to completely 
>disable the IGP.  It only has the option of 
>turning on the IGP, the PCI, or the PCI-E 
>graphics first.  Which I take it that means 
>whichever you choose is whatever your monitor 
>should be connected to, otherwise, you won't see the initial POST screen.
>In Window's case, if I select IGP to turn on 
>first, but have the monitor attached to my PCI-E 
>card, the monitor won't become active until the Windows bootup sequence.
>But this sounds like it's the X setup problem 
>that Kris mentioned. ½  Hopefully, this can be resolved soon.
>On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Arthur 
><<mailto:A-Koziol at neiu.edu>A-Koziol at neiu.edu> wrote:
>This happened almost verbatim as your described 
>when the display setup wizard wrongly chose 
>ATI-3D-Enabled and I tried to use it and it 
>eventually failed. I had the white ox in the 
>corner and the mouse was visible on screen. It 
>took about 30 seconds but it did eventually 
>fail. Sorry I couldn't be more useful, just 
>relaying an experience. Can you disable the IGP and use your PCI-E only?
>>I've just tried the new snapshot and I can't 
>>get the GUI installer to load.  Is this the X 
>>setup problem you are referring to, Kris? ½  Or 
>>were you referring to a later step where it selects the graphics drivers?
>>I'll try booting using the VESA option next.
>>Oh, and, before I forget this.  I have 2 GPUs 
>>on my computer, one is on-board, and the other 
>>discrete.  Both NVIDIAs.  When I was trying to 
>>install the previous snapshot, I was not able 
>>to get to the GUI installer when I had the BIOS 
>>turn on the discrete (PCI-E) graphics 
>>first.  It just hung on "Autoconfiguring X 
>>Server ... done."  I had to set the on-board 
>>graphics as the first option in the BIOS, and 
>>connect my monitor to the on-board graphics to 
>>be able to reach the GUI installer.
>>This time around, I get a black screen with a 
>>white character box on the top left of the 
>>screen, and I can move my mouse and see th 
>>cursor move as well.  But nothing else happened.
>>On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 4:55 AM, Kris Moore 
>><<mailto:kris at pcbsd.org>kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:
>>I've just uploaded the next snapshot of PC-BSD:
>>This snapshot contains the new KDE 4.4.3, Xorg 
>>7.5, new drivers and a TON of new ports from 
>>the past month, along with a latest 8-Stable 
>>release of FreeBSD as well of course. Also a 
>>lot of fixes are in place for the installation, 
>>fixing some ZFS issues and other partitioning related quirks.
>>Currently I'm seeing a problem with the X setup 
>>tool detecting video / monitor settings at 
>>bootup, but I'm investigating it now.
>>If you can, please test this snapshot out, and 
>>lets start hunting down bugs asap. The FreeBSD 
>>8.1 release cycle is nearly here, and I want to 
>>get us to Beta1 shortly after they do :)
>>Kris Moore
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