[Trac-bugs] [PC-BSD Trac] #771: Intel Chips fail to install with VESA and Intel Graphic Modes

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Thu Oct 17 12:23:03 PDT 2013

#771: Intel Chips fail to install with VESA and Intel Graphic Modes
 Reporter:  joshms                |      Owner:  Kris
     Type:  System Defect         |     Status:  new
 Priority:  major                 |  Milestone:  9.2
Component:  System Configuration  |    Version:  9.2-RELEASE
 Keywords:  Intel, Drivers, VESA  |
 There is a known issue with the intel drivers for FreeBSD, but users are
 also reporting that they are unable to install with VESA mode / single
 user modes on intel chips.


 User NuTz has reported that the i915 kernel module is causing the problem
 and can be circumvented if necessary.

 I too saw the same thing on Lenovo M Series ThinkCentres.

 I have isolated the issue to the i915* kernel module.

 Booting the install DVD.
 Press space at the text DVD boot menu & select to drop to the bootloader.
 Type "boot -s" - boot to the DVD single user shell (sh).
 Type "zpool import -f tank" - mounts the new root zfs filesystem on /mnt.
 Type "cd /boot/kernel", mkdir "foo" & "mv i915* foo" - moves modules
 Type "cd /", "umount /mnt" & reboot, removing the DVD if required.

 Installation then proceeds to verify the X resolution, keyboard, timezone
 & user creation.

Ticket URL: <http://trac.pcbsd.org/ticket/771>
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