#771 closed System Defect (fixed)

Intel Chips fail to install with VESA and Intel Graphic Modes

Reported by: joshms Owned by: Kris
Priority: major Milestone: 9.2
Component: System Configuration Version: 9.2-RELEASE
Keywords: Intel, Drivers, VESA Cc: trac-bugs@…


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 aside.
Type "cd /", "umount /mnt" & reboot, removing the DVD if required.

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

Change History (2)

comment:2 Changed 20 months ago by kris

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Please re-test with the most recent 9.2 ISOs now availabe. We removed the "X -configure" calls which were freezing the box.

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