Henry Olyer | 24 Sep 23:22 2009
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weird problem with PC-BSD

I have a Compaq Presario 60 and am having lot's of trouble using it with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.


The install seems to work, then I bring it up by starting KDM, but can't login.  

When I try, the screen blinks a few times, it's probably restarting X, then it gives me the login screen again.

When the login template has my user name and password I hit return, this causes the restart.

Ideas?

--jg

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Henry Olyer | 24 Sep 23:48 2009
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Fwd: weird problem with PC-BSD

Oh, I should have said this is what happens with PC-BSD.  Sorry for omitting this important fact.

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I have a Compaq Presario 60 and am having lot's of trouble using it with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

The PC-BSD install seems to work, then I bring it up by starting KDM, but can't login.  

When I try, the screen blinks a few times, it's probably restarting X, then it gives me the login screen again.

When the login template has my user name and password I hit return, this causes the restart.

Ideas?

--jg


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Henry Olyer | 26 Sep 15:47 2009
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Re: weird problem with PC-BSD

I did get the Nvidia card working, but only under FreeBSD.


And I tried several configurations, including VESA and VGA, both 16-bit and also 24-bit.  Nothing.

I will send you the information necessary to configure the video card, it was some trouble!!  I didn't solve the problem myself;  Other's did it for me.

I had to set hal and dbus, and also to change a couple of defaults wrt the mouse, but X is working just fine now.

EXCEPT, I really like PC-BSD  and would like to be able to use it when I don't need a high level of security.

I burned the disks for a friend, and I see him use it, but I can't!!  (And am I steamed, too.)  I see his screen when we work and you guys have done excellent work.

So here is the information needed to make X work with FBSD7.2 on a Presario CQ-60 using the 8200M G video card from Nvidia.

I didn't write what follows...
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Moving this discussion to freebsd-x11.

I have a Presario CQ60 with the NVIDIA 8200M G, and X is working!

Here are the steps to get there.  Do everything as root:

1) Update your ports to the most recent.  Follow the FreeBSD manual, section 4.5 Using the Ports Collection, nuke the contents of /usr/ports, and install a new base using portsnap or cvsup.

2) Install the nvidia-driver.
# cd /usr/ports/x11-driver/nvidia-driver
# make install clean  (I built with options FREEBSD_AGP checked, ACPI checked, LINUX unchecked).

3) You can install 2 more optional tools for configuring the nvidia card settings.  I have not used them, but I installed them.
# cd /usr/ports/x11-driver/nvidia-settings
# make install clean
# cd /usr/ports/x11-driver/nvidia-xconfig
# make install clean

4) I also installed the fbdev driver from X.Org.
# cd /usr/ports/x11-drivers/xf86-video-fbdev
# make install clean

5) Add the nvidia driver as a dynamically loaded kernel module.
# cd /boot
# vi loader.conf  (you better know how to use vi to edit)
--- add the line nvidia_load="YES"
--- it is the only line I have in my loader.conf file

6) Reboot the system
# reboot

7) If you want to see the version you just installed (your versions may be newer than mine below)...
# pkg_info | grep nvidia
nvidia-driver-185.18.29
nvidia-settings-190.32
nvidia-xconfig-190.32
# pkg_info | grep fbdev
xf86-video-fbdev-0.4.0_2

8) Generate your xorg.conf.new file.
# cd /root
# Xorg -configure

9) Edit the xorg.conf.new file.
# vi xorg.conf.new
--- change the line    Driver "nv"
           to read    Driver "nvidia"

10) Test the config file.
# Xorg -config xorg.conf -retro
--- you should get a grey screen and your mouse should work, especially if your mouse worked when installing FreeBSD
--- to kill the test, press CTRL-ALT-BKSP

11) If everything worked, move and rename (drop the new extension) the config file to the /etc directory
# mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf

12) Test again.  Log in as another user belonging to the wheel group (or login as root).
% startx
--- you should get 3 green windows
--- you can kill X by clicking on the large window on the left, and typing exit

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On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 9:59 AM, Kris Moore <kris-E1R8x85rdljYtjvyW6yDsg@public.gmane.org> wrote:


Henry,

I'm thinking that at some point when KDE tries to test for 3D support, it causes a crash and fails.

Try this:

Boot PC-BSD, and at the boot-splash menu, hit option 7 - Run Display Setup Wizard

When the display wizard comes up, try changing the video driver to "vesa" and setup your
resolution with it. When you finish, does it bring up the desktop normally?

Also, what kind of video card and which driver are you using on this system?


--
Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software


On Thu, 24 Sep 2009, Henry Olyer wrote:

I have a Compaq Presario 60 and am having lot's of trouble using it with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.
The install seems to work, then I bring it up by starting KDM, but can't login.  

When I try, the screen blinks a few times, it's probably restarting X, then it gives me the login screen again.

When the login template has my user name and password I hit return, this causes the restart.

Ideas?

--jg

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Alfred Bartsch | 30 Sep 14:18 2009
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openoffice upgrade fails

Hi all,
I'm not able to upgrade my openoffice version from
OpenOffice-DE 3.1.0_2 to OpenOffice-DE 3.1.1 as requested by PC-BSD
Update-Manager.
Manual download from pbidir.com seems to work, but install fails with
message "Data integrity check failed".
The size of the downloaded file is 74.4MB, expected size is 156.92MB.
Within PC-BSD Update-Manager no error message shows up.

BTW: my version is: PC-BSD 7.1.1 (32 bit).
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Alfred Bartsch

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