[Trac-bugs] [PC-BSD Trac] #590: Blank screen after selection of ATI video driver.

PC-BSD trac at pcbsd.org
Mon Feb 27 15:53:44 PST 2012

#590: Blank screen after selection of ATI video driver.
 Reporter:  tbj          |       Type:  System Defect
   Status:  new          |   Priority:  major
Milestone:               |  Component:  System Configuration
  Version:  9.0-RELEASE  |   Keywords:
 I'm listing this as an installation problem because the system can't
 recover from an incorrect video selection, and because the boot options
 for trying to activate the VESA driver on startup don't work.

 I've tried re-installing PC-BSD a few times, but can't get past selecting
 the video card after reboot. No matter what resolution or card I select, I
 have the same problem.

 PC-BSD installs fine. It starts out fine. Right away, it comes up and it
 asks you to select a video driver. It thinks I have an ATI 4500 HD series
 card. I've picked a resolution I know I’ve used on Windows with it, then
 later just tried 1024x768. I click OK. It tells me, "If you don’t see
 anything for a few seconds, I’ll switch back to the old settings

 And then the screen goes blank.

 And then the screen stays blank.

 Five minutes later, I reboot the computer.

 And the screen boots up blank. I don't press any keys or click any mouse
 buttons, but the screen never comes back.

 Okay, I think. I’ll just boot it with the VESA driver, which is an option
 in the boot menu, and fix the display settings.

 Only, it won’t boot to the VESA driver. I toggle it on, I toggle on safe
 mode. I try all sorts of toggles over and over again, but every single
 time, it tries to boot with the normal settings, and I boot to a blank

 The video card has both an HDMI port and VGA port. My monitor is plugged
 into the VGA port.


Ticket URL: <http://trac.pcbsd.org/ticket/590>
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