[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 8.2-- Centrino-based Laptop. Intel video driver fails. Install and video setup require vesa driver

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 07:11:20 PST 2011

Testing PCBSD 8.2-RELEASE-i386 on Centrino-based laptop (Acer Travelmate
4001, P4 Mobile chip @ 1.6 GHz), which includes a built-in intel video chip.

A "live mode" boot failed at about the point where the video driver was
The installation failed at the same point.  However, I could install without
problem by starting the install in the VESA mode.

After the basic install completed, the video installation defaulted to the
driver named intel-3d-enable.  This did not work.  Nor did the plain "intel"
driver.  After selecting and sending the video installation into the test
mode, the system just hangs to a black screen.

Everything runs fine with the vesa driver.

To summarize, until a better intel driver is released, Centrino-based
laptops using the intel video chipset need to install in the vesa mode and
need to select the vesa driver.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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