Had a bit to mess with the machine yesterday. While I was doing other things here and had the log viewer open for my hardware firewall-- and started the machine with 9 rc3 on it..... I noticed a flood of outgoing packets to pbidir.com in San Jose California, from various forkings of gamin running on the machine--with three instances of gam_server running. As fast as I would kill these processes they would be re spawned. They were being logged by the firewall, outbound at 3-4 per second. Hmmmm.
I did a bit more messing about with the driver, forced it to load on boot but was unable to configure it apparently because the linux emulation support was not loaded. As tempermental as X is I imagine I broke it pretty thoroughly.
Finally I had been messing around with this for a number of hours (that happens to me quite frequently) and I gave up in disgust. I loaded GPartd, deleted the partition and reloaded PCBSD 8.2. Its quite nice, lighter on resources than 9 RC3, and recognized the NVidia card on install and loaded the correct NVidia driver. After first boot the software manager even offered the update to the most recent NVidia driver which went flawlessly. I only hope that 9 stable is as good as 8.2, it is a nice package. I am sorry to say that I got disgusted with the constant bugs in 9Rc3 and am not versed enough on Unix any more to be able to make the corrections easily. My Unix experience is from many many years ago. That having been said most of the documentation that I have found for PCBSD is pretty thotough as are the man pages. Even so many things that I remember from the Unix I knew arent necessarily true today, many of them where things are and how they interact.....I did thoroughly enjoy running the 9 beta and really like 8.2 so far. I had forgotten the ease of using CLI rather than GUI for many system tasks. Mousing gets pretty old.
Many thanks for your help and kind interest
as a final comment I wish I spoke German well enough to read your BSD notes!!