Originally Posted by vodoomoth
I have installed Debian 6 twice, Kubuntu 11.10 twice, Kubuntu 10.10 once and now PCBSD 9, all in 64-bit editions. Not once of these trials led to a functional system. [...] PCBSD also chokes on graphics. The X config seems to be the culprit but really, the idea of delving into that and reading tons of documentation just cuts my wings.
Isn't there a really basic but standard graphic mode that can be activated on all systems or is the idea of a universal graphic mode just that, idealism? I'm wondering why the installer couldn't fall back to that mode.
Recently I've been checking out the installation of various Linux distributions, FreeBSD 9, and PC-BSD, on a new high-end desktop and a relatively new Sandy Bridge based Thinkpad.
All installed cleanly on the laptop. On the desktop, Linux had the best overall success but only when I pulled my Nvidia GTX-570 card out and used the onboard Intel HD 3000 graphics to get past the install so I could then add the Nvidia (not noveau) driver.
With FreeBSD I was able to complete the install, use the default VGA graphics, get the Nvidia driver, and go - no need to disable the Nvidia card during install. Nice. Sometimes a text mode installer is a plus.
I can't honestly remember how the PC-BSD install went with respect to the graphics card. When 9.1 beta is out I think I'll install it to a new drive on that system and see how it goes.
For me Ubuntu or Mint have been more successful installations "out of the box" in that either properly supported ACPI / suspend + resume. But I prefer to run BSD. Maybe one day it'll catch up in this area.