FreeBSD7 + Intel video chipset 965 + X11R6

Ghirai ghirai at
Sat Apr 12 00:25:42 UTC 2008

On Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:57:23 -0300
"Pitre, Ian (DPS/MSP)" <Ian.Pitre at> wrote:

> Hello all,
> First off I'm a total newbie to FreeBSD and the UNIX world.
> I installed FreeBSD 7 about 1 wk ago and I'm about to give up at this point as I'm having video problems but it seems like such a great OS I want to fix it.
> My video hardware:
> Integrated onboard Intel video card, 965 chipset using the system memory
> Here is the problem;
> I have GNOME (version that comes with FreeBSD 7) for an interface and initially when it loaded my mouse didn't work.  I used the xorgconfig, xorgcfg did not work.  Once I ran the configuration utility and the new xorg.conf file was created I rebooted and now I have a mouse but the screen resolution is extremely low (everything is huge).  Before I ran the utility and loaded gnome the resolution was very decent (but I had no mouse).  I know they're probably unrelated.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
> p.s. I discovered on that the Intel 965 chipset is 'now' supported in release X11R7.2.  Would upgrading X be the smartest thing to do but my question since I'm a total newbie is... how do I do that :)
> Thanks for any advice
> Ian

Make sure you have moused_enable="YES" in rc.conf,
as well as usbd_enable="YES" (if you have an usb mouse).

You should also verify that Xorg uses the 'intel' driver.

The handbook covers basic X11 setup pretty well:


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