[PC-BSD Testing] aarghh

Julian Elischer julian at freebsd.org
Wed May 8 09:21:56 PDT 2013

On 5/8/13 8:25 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
> On 05/08/2013 02:22, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
>> Something with graphics in PC-BSD 9.1 just sux and noone wants to
>> address it. That phenomenon happens with most graphics adapters.
>> Plus on GUI mode, you cannot access the console using ctl+alt+Fn -
>> the screens appears to get corrupted and freezes.
> This is a problem inherit to the FreeBSD system + Intel W/KMS drivers.
> When the display wizard runs the first time, it's not doing anything
> magical, its just letting X auto-detect the best settings / resolution
> for your display. However with the newer Intel drivers, there are a
> number of bugs this exposes. First, on some Intel chipsets you can
> only run once, and when X terminates it hangs the box. Second, and
> probably the bigger issue is that the KMS part of the Intel driver
> kills the FreeBSD console-modes, I.E. Ctrl-Alt-F1. This is a known
> issue again with KMS, since FreeBSD does not have a KMS enabled
> console driver :(
> The first issue could be a bug in the Intel driver itself, but I'm no
> driver guy, so I can't say for certain. The second issue is much more
> difficult and will require a kernel guy to implement the whole of KMS
> into FreeBSD, provide a console frame-buffer driver, etc. So far
> nobody has stepped up to the task, and most kernel devs don't want to
> touch it :(
> If you want to bypass the GUI wizard though, you can do so by removing
> this file:
> /var/.runxsetup
> That should get you running again.
> As for the non-3d mode, it just uses a more "generic" xorg.conf file
> with some of the DRI bits turned off. That may be working in your case
> if that's where the first bug is being exposed.

thanks for the explanation..

sounds to me like the "can only run it once" problem is present if you 
add the 3d part.. if you don't, then you can run it more often.

I upgraded my underlying system to -current and it all still works 
fine (though I lost a couple of options on the boot menu.. )

used PCBSD as a quick way to get a desktop on -current..
  a few warnings on startup but nothing I care about.

does PCBSD 9.1 use the new package system?

I was thinking of running portmaster and upgrading all teh loaded 
packages to be compiled on 10. but it is complaining about mixing old 
and new packages.

>> On 8 May 2013 05:39, Julian Elischer <julian at freebsd.org
>> <mailto:julian at freebsd.org>> wrote:
>>     so got my new lenovo W530 up and installed..
>>     graphics going fine.. all looks good.
>>     comes up..  puts a little window up (screen s in 1920x 1080
>>     mode) saying
>>     "your screen is has been configured for 1920 x 1080.. do you
>>     want to keep this setting?"
>>     well, it's in that mode now so yes I want to keep it..
>>     so click on "yes" and screen goes black and never comes back..
>>     !@#$%^&  why didn't it just leave it alone?
>>     What's the difference between teh 1920 x 1080 (intel_3d) it was
>>     using to ask the question and the 1920 x 1080 it decide to go to
>>     that doesn't work? if I run the display wizard it correctly test
>>     that mode and asks if I want to keep it. if I hit "yes". I'm
>>     dead. any idea as to what is different about the setting being
>>     tested that work and the setting that don't work? It is possible
>>     the system has actually crashed as it doesn't repond to a quick
>>     poke of the power button or to CTL-ALT-BKSPACE..  if I say 'no'
>>     and then turn off the 3d, then it works.
>>     is there something magical about the mode it's testing with that
>>     allows it to work?
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