how to install on laptop? video issue?

Dmitry Mityugov dmitry.mityugov at
Mon Jun 20 08:26:53 GMT 2005

On 6/20/05, Peter van der Linden <pvdl at> wrote:
> I want to install FreeBSD 5.4 onto a partition on my 1 year old HP
> laptop.
> I've done a lot of Linux distro installs, and sometimes I need to give
> the installer a hint about the graphics card,
> typically something  like:
> boot: linux vga=771
> When I try the FreeBSD installer, the screen goes blank about 5 seconds
> after it starts booting from the CD, typically at the point where it
> switches to X Window in a Linux install.
> Is there a similar hint I can give FreeBSD about the type of graphics
> to use?  What are the syntax and choices?
> I have googled for this without success.  Thanks,

I doubt this is graphics. FreeBSD installer works in text mode. Can
you see the initial menu (with FreeBSD mascot, ASCII-art style, on the
right side of the screen) before the screen gets blank?


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