unable to boot with Nvidia AGP graphics card

Mel Flynn mel.flynn+fbsd.questions at mailing.thruhere.net
Thu May 7 04:26:47 UTC 2009

On Thursday 07 May 2009 04:35:30 Scott Parrish wrote:
> Hi all,
> Recently my PCI graphics card failed on my Dell Dimension 4100.  I replaced
> it with a known good card I had lying around:  an Nvidia GeForce 3 TI200
> with an AGP interface.  My FreeBSD installation will not boot with this
> graphics card.  The boot loader hangs at the twirling baton as follows:
> /boot/kernel/acpi.ko text=0x43698 data=0x23c0+0x10f0
> syms=[0x4+0x7ba0+0x4+0xa828]
> \
> I'm running 7.1-RELEASE generic kernel.
> Anyone ever see anything like this before?  Any ideas on how I can debug? 

Most common cause is a faulty hints file, since you can't install from CD 
either, the GENERIC hints aren't working for this system. You could try 7.2-
RELEASE cd and file a PR otherwise. The dmesg from linux would be useful 
information in this PR.

> Is there anything I can do with the loader prompt to see what is happening
> when this occurs? The keyboard still seems responsive when this happens
> (the caps-lock, num-lock, etc. still work).  It is almost as if the boot
> loader is unsure how to send output to the AGP bus.

You can disable the AGP at loader prompt, similar to how one would do that in 
the hints file:

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