I couldn't get FreeBSD to run on a notebook. I'm surprised, because I've practically made it run on everything.

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@manipuladordedados If it has an Intel GPU, you need to build drm-fbsd12.0-kmod from ports (graphics/drm-fbsd12.0-kmod I believe) and then add the following to /etc/rc.conf.


@claudiom is an old notebook with a video chip from ATI/AMD, as soon the kernel is loaded it gives a black screen and freezes.

@manipuladordedados Ah! Does it only have ATI/AMD graphics or is it a dual GPU laptop (AMD and Intel)? For example, my ProBook 4540s has both Intel and Radeon graphics which are switchable under Windows. In Linux, it defaults to the Intel GPU but I can select apps to use the Radeon GPU using "env DRI_PRIME=1" before the command (I use it mainly for Steam and games).

If this is the case, it could be a little more complicated under FreeBSD. You could disable one GPU in the BIOS.


@manipuladordedados If it only has a AMD/ATI GPU, then you may need to install amdgpu package and then load the module for that in kld_list="..." in rc.conf.

@claudiom It only has a AMD/ATI chip, the black screen is before I install the system, its occurs on the install, specific when the kernel finish loading.
Tried several install images and flash drives and nothing.

@manipuladordedados Ah, it might be trying to load kernel-mode settings during boot. Have you tried any of the other boot options when presented with the bootloader?

@claudiom I will try other options on the boot menu, thanks for the help.

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