My BSD | 2 May 17:38 2011
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Manually installing PC-BSD 9 snapshot

One of my boxes has an nVidia video card in addition to the motherboard
video chip. The motherboard video chip cannot be disabled, however,
only the nVidia card is connected to a monitor.

When I try to install a new distribution from cdrom/dvd or usb, Xorg
loads a driver for the motherboard video chip but not for the nVidia
video card, resulting in no video once Xorg takes over.

In the past, I would install the new distribution on a hard disk in a
VirtualBox session, add a "xorg.conf" that forces use of the nVidia
card and it would always work fine directly on the computer (bare
metal) afterward.

Tried installing the latest PC-BSD 9 snapshot the same way on a hard
disk with pre-existing gpt partitions. However, the PC-BSD installer
would not allow them to be used.

Instead, I forgot about VB and copied the contents of the PCBSD.tbz
archive from a mounted installation USB image to the appropriate
partitions on the gpt disk, added the working xorg.conf as well as a
fstab, and made a menuentry on "grub.cfg" for the new installation.
This allowed me to boot into a single user session where I added the
root password and one user.

After a reboot I had a shell login prompt (no X yet). Logged in,
mounted the installation USB image, changed directories to the
"packages" root directory on the mounted installation image, and with
"pkg_add" installed all the packages listed on
"/usr/local/share/pcbsd/base-ports/base-system/ports-list". (I now see
that it would have been easier to install the actual version of the
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Kris Moore | 2 May 19:21 2011

Re: Manually installing PC-BSD 9 snapshot

On 05/02/2011 11:38, My BSD wrote:
> One of my boxes has an nVidia video card in addition to the motherboard
> video chip. The motherboard video chip cannot be disabled, however,
> only the nVidia card is connected to a monitor.
>
> When I try to install a new distribution from cdrom/dvd or usb, Xorg
> loads a driver for the motherboard video chip but not for the nVidia
> video card, resulting in no video once Xorg takes over.
>
> In the past, I would install the new distribution on a hard disk in a
> VirtualBox session, add a "xorg.conf" that forces use of the nVidia
> card and it would always work fine directly on the computer (bare
> metal) afterward.
>
> Tried installing the latest PC-BSD 9 snapshot the same way on a hard
> disk with pre-existing gpt partitions. However, the PC-BSD installer
> would not allow them to be used.
>
> Instead, I forgot about VB and copied the contents of the PCBSD.tbz
> archive from a mounted installation USB image to the appropriate
> partitions on the gpt disk, added the working xorg.conf as well as a
> fstab, and made a menuentry on "grub.cfg" for the new installation.
> This allowed me to boot into a single user session where I added the
> root password and one user.
>
> After a reboot I had a shell login prompt (no X yet). Logged in,
> mounted the installation USB image, changed directories to the
> "packages" root directory on the mounted installation image, and with
> "pkg_add" installed all the packages listed on
> "/usr/local/share/pcbsd/base-ports/base-system/ports-list". (I now see
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Kris Moore | 2 May 19:22 2011

Re: latest 9 snapshot panics at startup

On 04/30/2011 16:43, Krishna wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Tried the 04-25 snapshot (amd64) on my desktop and I got a kernel
> panic everytime. When booting with "verbose logging" I get this
> message:
>
> ACPI APIC Table:<DELL  FX09>
> panic: AP #1 (PHY #1) failed!
> cpuid = 0
>
> [ thread pid 0 tid 0 ]
> Stopped at kdb_enter+0x3b: movq     $0, 0x8e4d82(%rip)
> Specs:
>
> Dell Vostro 400 with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600,
> 4G memory,
> nVidia GeForce 9500 GT graphics card
>
>
> cheers,
>    --krishna
>

Is this happening when you boot the DVD, or after you install and boot 
for the first time?

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Krishna | 2 May 19:58 2011
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Re: latest 9 snapshot panics at startup

Hello Kris,

On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM, Kris Moore <kris <at> pcbsd.org> wrote:
> On 04/30/2011 16:43, Krishna wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> Tried the 04-25 snapshot (amd64) on my desktop and I got a kernel
>> panic everytime. When booting with "verbose logging" I get this
>> message:
>>
>> ACPI APIC Table:<DELL  FX09>
>> panic: AP #1 (PHY #1) failed!
>> cpuid = 0
>>
>> [ thread pid 0 tid 0 ]
>> Stopped at kdb_enter+0x3b: movq     $0, 0x8e4d82(%rip)
>> Specs:
>>
>> Dell Vostro 400 with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600,
>> 4G memory,
>> nVidia GeForce 9500 GT graphics card
>>
>
> Is this happening when you boot the DVD, or after you install and boot for
> the first time?
>

This happened during the usb boot (I used the usb image). After a
dozen or so warm reboots, booted and the installation was completed.
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My BSD | 2 May 20:57 2011
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Re: Manually installing PC-BSD 9 snapshot

Good day and thank you Kris!

On Mon, 02 May 2011 13:21:01 -0400
Kris Moore <kris@...> wrote:

> On 05/02/2011 11:38, My BSD wrote:
> > One of my boxes has an nVidia video card in addition to the motherboard
> > video chip. The motherboard video chip cannot be disabled, however,
> > only the nVidia card is connected to a monitor.
> >
> > When I try to install a new distribution from cdrom/dvd or usb, Xorg
> > loads a driver for the motherboard video chip but not for the nVidia
> > video card, resulting in no video once Xorg takes over.
> >
> > In the past, I would install the new distribution on a hard disk in a
> > VirtualBox session, add a "xorg.conf" that forces use of the nVidia
> > card and it would always work fine directly on the computer (bare
> > metal) afterward.
> >
> > Tried installing the latest PC-BSD 9 snapshot the same way on a hard
> > disk with pre-existing gpt partitions. However, the PC-BSD installer
> > would not allow them to be used.
> >
> > Instead, I forgot about VB and copied the contents of the PCBSD.tbz
> > archive from a mounted installation USB image to the appropriate
> > partitions on the gpt disk, added the working xorg.conf as well as a
> > fstab, and made a menuentry on "grub.cfg" for the new installation.
> > This allowed me to boot into a single user session where I added the
> > root password and one user.
> >
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Kris Moore | 3 May 20:04 2011

Re: latest 9 snapshot panics at startup

On 05/02/2011 13:58, Krishna wrote:
> Hello Kris,
>
> On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM, Kris Moore<kris@...>  wrote:
>> On 04/30/2011 16:43, Krishna wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> Tried the 04-25 snapshot (amd64) on my desktop and I got a kernel
>>> panic everytime. When booting with "verbose logging" I get this
>>> message:
>>>
>>> ACPI APIC Table:<DELL  FX09>
>>> panic: AP #1 (PHY #1) failed!
>>> cpuid = 0
>>>
>>> [ thread pid 0 tid 0 ]
>>> Stopped at kdb_enter+0x3b: movq     $0, 0x8e4d82(%rip)
>>> Specs:
>>>
>>> Dell Vostro 400 with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600,
>>> 4G memory,
>>> nVidia GeForce 9500 GT graphics card
>>>
>> Is this happening when you boot the DVD, or after you install and boot for
>> the first time?
>>
> This happened during the usb boot (I used the usb image). After a
> dozen or so warm reboots, booted and the installation was completed.
> However, the following reboot post installation did not work and gave
> the same error. Tried the 8.2 release (both PC-BSD as well as FreeBSD)
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jmdennis @dslextreme.com | 4 May 08:52 2011

burg

Here is some thing that you might want to add instead of using grub.

http://code.google.com/p/burg/
David Lam | 4 May 10:13 2011
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random notes on 9-CURRENT-20110425-x64

Hey PCBSD testers,

Totally new user here...  installed on my Sony Vaio VPCEA290X laptop, and it looks pretty cool!  Anyways, I jotted down some random things which may or may not be useful -->

=================

0.  Wireless / sound work out of the box. Woo woo

1. Network manager should default to starting up in the system tray?

Right now you gotta go to PCBSD Control Panel -> Network Configuration
and then check off 'Display system tray icon'.

Also the icon is blank in the system tray! (though you can still click and interact with it)


2.  Changing screen resolution does not save at PCBSD Control Panel->Display Settings
although I saw it work when I first tried it.  Setting a video driver dosen't save either.
I get the dialog

    "The settings you have specified will now be tested.
    If your screen does not appear, please wait and you will be returned to this screen."

...but all that happens is that the dialog and display settings config windows close

Changing the resolution works in 'System Settings->Display and Monitor' (I set it to 1366x768),
but it dosen't persist across reboots


3  When opening PCBSD Control Panel->Display Settings, get the dialog

   "Are you sure you want to run the display setup wizard? Doing so will exit
    the current desktop session and any unsaved files will be lost."

...but clicking ok dosen't exit the desktop session. Instead it opens up two more dialogs.


4.  'top' says XOrg is constantly going at like 5 to 35% CPU, even with desktop effects/compositing shut off!
(maybe it's not using ATI Radeon driver or something?).  Effect is that the laptop fan is louuuud


5.  Can't reactivate desktop effects via the checkbox (after step 4):

    "Failed to activate desktop effects using the given configuration options.
    Settings will be reverted to their previous values.

    Check your X configuration. You may also consider changing advanced
    options, especially changing the compositing type."
   

6.  When Alt+Tabbin',   Alt+Shift+Tab dosen't go in the reverse direction

7.  Fn F7/F8  Brightness keys dont work...   need to 'kldload acpi_sony' and change it manually with 'sysctl'

8.  /var/log/messages constantly getting these messages at one point, but it went away after a reboot:

May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: No object attached to node 0xfffffe0002c4d040 (20110413/exresnte-139)
May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: Method execution failed [\_SB_.BAT0._UID] (Node 0xfffffe0002c4d040), AE_AML_NO_OPERAND (20110413/uteval-113)
May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: No object attached to node 0xfffffe0002c4d040 (20110413/exresnte-139)
May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: Method execution failed [\_SB_.BAT0._UID] (Node 0xfffffe0002c4d040), AE_AML_NO_OPERAND (20110413/uteval-113)
May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: No object attached to node 0xfffffe0002c4d040 (20110413/exresnte-139)
May  4 23:14:25 greenybsd kernel: ACPI Error: Method execution failed [\_SB_.BAT0._UID] (Node 0xfffffe0002c4d040), AE_AML_NO_OPERAND (20110413/uteval-113)

Maybe a battery thing? Panel icon always says it's at -1%  (looks like http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2011-January/061148.html)


9. Installed firefox 4 from AppCafe, randomely dying after using it for a little bit.  /var/log/messages says...

    May  4 23:36:15 greenybsd kernel: pid 68192 (firefox-bin), uid 1001: exited on signal 6

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Kris Moore | 4 May 17:15 2011

Re: burg

On 05/04/2011 02:52, jmdennis  <at> dslextreme.com wrote:
> Here is some thing that you might want to add instead of using grub.
>
> http://code.google.com/p/burg/
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Like the screenshots! Do you know if anybody has managed to install it 
from FreeBSD yet? I see instructions for Linux / Windows, but a quick 
search doesn't turn up any success stories of building it on FreeBSD.

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Ian Robinson | 4 May 19:54 2011
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Re: Testing Digest, Vol 52, Issue 3

Is anyone else having trouble attaching documents to email in Firefox?  It seems since the upgrade to Firefox 4.x, it freezes when you browse for the file you want to attach.  After about two minutes, an error window jumps up saying:

"Warning-KWin

"The window "Select files(s) to upload by mail.google.com" is not responding.  It belongs to the application npviewer.bin (Process ID = 15408, hostname = localhost).  Do you wish to terminate the application process including all of its child windows?  Any unsaved data will be lost. 
[Terminate Application]             [Cancel]"


Terminating the application returns you back to Firefox, but reinitiating the attachment process fails again.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio

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