FreeBSD 9 on Lenovo X200 what works?

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Thu Jan 26 02:01:23 UTC 2012

On 01/26/12 11:50, Kaya Saman wrote:
> Hi,
> I discovered this thread: 
> and am wondering what will and won't work on my Lenovo X220....
> I'm currently in the process in deciding between FreeBSD 9 and Fedora 
> 15/16. I love FreeBSD on servers but unfortunately I haven't had much 
> luck with it on client side systems.
> Mainly I want to use the system for running a tier 2 hypervisor - 
> VirtualBox (not OSE version).
> i also want to be able to use HD graphics capabilities and wireless 
> and the WWAN modem that comes with the system.
> Currently I have something called Salix on here which is Slackware 
> based but unfortunately the hardware isn't being detected properly and 
> that's my major concern regarding FreeBSD!
> Can anyone provide me with any success stories or advice in what I 
> will be missing if I whack FreeBSD on here??
Despite having similar hardware, you're only real best bet is to "suck 
it and see". Try installing and seeing what you can get to work (dmesg, 
pciconf -lv, usbconfig, kldload modules, questions here, etc).

I've had mixed success with laptops (they're just about all I have as a 
desktop), and about my only problems have been with wifi- though that 
has mostly disappeared with Adrian's excellent work.

I have recently had trouble with a dual video card (and ATI 4200 and a 
6300 on the same machine), but that shouldn't be a problem. That has 
been fixed with using vesa, but that doesn't degrade performance or 
quality; biggest issue there is the residual image for security. But 
then I don't really give my video too much of workout, maybe it might 
affect you or not in any of the above cases.

Just have a go and see how it goes I say... :) It's not too much time to 
find out.


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