Re: Mini PC does not like FreeBSD

From: Collider <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2023 02:00:20 UTC
Is the VGA connection needed for some esoteric purpose, or just for connecting a monitor? Are you able to tolerate using a doohickey that actively converts between DisplayPort or HDMI and VGA?

"low-end Alder Lake" - what are you describing as such? Are you able to boot the thing off a jump drive and give some information about it, or otherwise reprint the specifications (or at least the exact model) from the box or the user manual?

Probably try to get a new M.2 SATA storage module if you can, and reinstall to that.

Le 26 mai 2023 23 h 30 min 00 s UTC, Kevin Oberman <> a écrit :
>First, can anyone recommend a small, inexpensive mini-PC that will work
>with FreeBSD? I do need one with a VGA monitor connection. (That limits
>options quite a bit.)
>My decade-old server, an ASUS mini-PC, died a couple of weeks ago and I
>bought a Kamrui replacement. Looked good. low-end Alder Lake processor, 16
>GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
>This looked like a great $200 option for me.
>The SSD is m.2, but not nVME. It has a SATA interface. I started seeing odd
>corruptions and missing files (like my ld-elf hints file). Decided that the
>SSD was bad, so returned the unit and got a replacement. It crashed and
>stopped booting when I was installing a number of packages. I see the
>following messages:
>OK boot -s
>staging 0x5fc00000 (not copying) tramp 0x6e4c60000 PT4 0x6e4bd000
>Start @ 0xffffffff803b000 ...
>EFI framebuffer information:
>addr, size       0x4000000000, 0x1d4c00
>dimensions     800 x 600
>stride             800
>masks            0x00ff0000, 0x0000ff00, 0x000000ff, 0xff000000
>IS there an issue with this hardware (which has probably never run FreeBSD)
>or did I just step into a bad batch of SSDs?
>Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
>PGP Fingerprint: D03FB98AFA78E3B78C1694B318AB39EF1B055683

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