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 PC-BSD
Author: cbrace 
Date:   30-12-07 13:27

Several weeks ago, I installed PC-BSD on a spare partition on my Acer laptop. Like you, I was impressed with the installation program; it is both slick and smart.

Two limitations however prevented me from considering at that point to migrate to it fulltime.

First, suspend/resume didn't work.

Second, and more important for me, CPU scaling didn't seem to be enabled. As a result, the laptop ran very hot and crashed once because of overheating.

Have you managed to solve either of these?

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Colin Brace
Amsterdam

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 Re: PC-BSD
Author: Dan 
Date:   30-12-07 14:35

cbrace wrote:

> First, suspend/resume didn't work.

It works here. Have a read of the suspend/resume section of http://www.freebsddiary.org/ibm-thinkpad-t41.php

What I should add to that article is this entry:

# Mouse needs a device hint to work properly after resume.
hint.psm.0.flags="0x2000"

> Second, and more important for me, CPU scaling didn't seem to
> be enabled. As a result, the laptop ran very hot and crashed
> once because of overheating.

Is powerd running?

$ ps auwx | grep powerd
root 1182 0.0 0.1 1320 916 ?? Ss 9:21AM 0:00.90 /usr/sbin/powerd -a adaptive -b adaptive

Try running it with the -v option to see what it is doing.

> Have you managed to solve either of these?

Yes, both. Keep in touch.

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Webmaster

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 Re: PC-BSD
Author: cbrace 
Date:   04-01-08 23:16

After further deliberation, I decided to hold off of further experiments with PC-BSD, largely because I prefer Gnome. Reading this thread on the PC-BSD forum made it clear that PC-BSD is unequivocally KDE-centric:

"pkg_add -r gnome2?"
http://forums.pcbsd.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10594

They consider installing Gnome a downgrade (!).

I had in fact tried installing Gnome on a FreeBSD v7beta partition of my laptop in December but the package repositories seemed in transition and various key files couldn't be found. I resolved to try again once the final v7 has been released and things have settled down.

Just curious: what is your experience with Flash? Does v9 work on your Thinkpad? Personally I detest a lot of Flash, especially the animated banners, but once in awhile I want to see a clip of something, on YouTube or somewhere. In such cases, there is no point in being a total purist.

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Colin Brace
Amsterdam

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