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First post so hello to all. I have installed the 32 bit 3.3 gig PC-BSD 9.0 iso on a VMware Workstation virtual machine and have a few issues. The install was very long, over an hour. I accepted the defaults and selected VMware under misc. during the install. Everything appeared to go well. It read that it had completed and needed to restart and did so. On start up I select 5 Run X in VESA mode. I get a message that reads "/usr/local/libexec/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256" I click on the x and it closes. I log in and get the new user messages. A notification pop up for 4 updates that I try to install. They fail due to no internet connection. Then the screen goes black and stays black. I have restarted 3 times with the same result.
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Acer Aspire AST690

Intel E2140

2 gig of RAM

Vista Home Premium

250 gig sata hdd

VMware Workstation 8

Realtek RTL8188CU wireless adapter

All software is up to date. Network is set to NAT in VMware and reads as connected. But ther is no internet connection. PC-BSD has 512 MB of RAM and 10 gig of virtual hdd. I have 4 other vm's (3 linux, 1 ms) working with the same network setting and similar hardware settings. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
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That sounds like the install failed at some point.. Did you get to a
"finished" screen, or did it auto-reboot?

Also, you can grab the pre-built VMware disk images to confirm that they
work on your VMWare workstation instance.
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The install finished, at least it read that way, and asked me to reboot. I tried the VMware download prior to the DVD and I could not import it. And I did check the VMware forum for help, followed their instructions and it did not work. Prior to that I tried the live cd and that failed to install. I have tried to install the DVD 4 times and it always ends the same. PC-BSD looks like a promising operating system. I may give it another shot before I move on. Thanks.
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I think to debug this, we should first try to figure out why your disk
import failed, since I know that image is good having used it here. What
errors are you getting when you try to import the disk image? Did you
"bzip2 -d" the file first?
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I do not recall the older errors. So far I have downloaded PCBSD9.0-x86-CD.iso, PCBSD9.0-x86-VMWARE.vmdk.bz2, and the one that I have posted on and currently have installed PCBSD9.0-x86-DVD.iso. Where this is falling down is in my original post. Thanks.
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How about if you re-run the display wizard, and use the "vmware" video
driver? Does the screen keep going black then?
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I have started PC-BSD in VMware, selected 5, got the error window, logged in, and I am now looking at the aforementioned black screen. Curious that the wireless on my pc went down. Maybe unrelated. I may delete the vm and give it another shot tonight. Watching the start up script yields no insight save to see that there is no wireless. I expected that based on the review on distro watch. If this doesn't work out I may give 8.2 a shot as I was hoping to do some testing in a UNIX desktop environment. Thanks.
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Something doesn't smell kosher here.. If you can get to a prompt, can
you paste output of "dmesg" and the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log? Those may
help us figure out whats going on.
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I will try but with out internet or Vmware tools working I may have to read it and type it. I will do that in a few hours.
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Originally Posted by kmoore134 View Post
How about if you re-run the display wizard, and use the "vmware" video
driver? Does the screen keep going black then?
When I select 6 and do that the system restarts and starts the wizard again. If I skip the wizard the systems restarts takes me to login and goes to black. If I choose 3 it takes me to the # prompt and I cannot run dmesg or cat /var/log...
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