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Old 22nd June 2008
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I just logged into FreeBSD (only one drive onnected) and was in the process of installing a new desktop background. Suddenly the power failed. Pushing the power button did not restart. When I reconnected all three drives the computer was ok again. Anyone had this happen before or have any idea of what could have caused this.
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I am able to boot with the other drives connected if I enter ufs:/dev/ad1s1a at the mountroot> prompt. Now I need help to edit the /etc/fstab file to make the change permanent. I don't know how to secure admininstrative privilieges. I have no idea what caused the power loss that one time, evidently one of the connections to the drive must have worked loose.
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I dont want to come across rude, but please..

Read the handbook and learn su.
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No problem. I'm an absolute newbie to BSD and am a bit bewildered of where to start at this point. I realize that some work on my part is needed. Would you be kind enough to point me to the handbook that you refer to so that I can get started on the section to which you refer.
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One more thing. I'm not too impressed with the degree of beginner support here or elsewhere, neither with the OS itself. I've installed 3 of the games and neither works - jerky, slow, unplayable. I guess if I am ever to figure out how to get write permissions, etc., in PC-BSD it will be totally on my own.
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Remember archp2008, people who help do so because they wish to, not because they collect a $40,000 a year pay check for camping out on forums and making it senselessly easy ^_^.


Perhaps one thing that also sets a lot of BSD users apart, is we expect people to read the documentation and search the internet first ;-).


Last night, I set up mutt for the first time in ages. Read scottos page, searched the FAQ, the wiki, and the documentation and I had a configuration 10^2 of what I would have gotten without the effort.

2+2=4


The documentation for FreeBSD and OpenBSD is also far from lacking compared to a number of programs -- in my experience, Vim, OpenBSD, and Qt are three of the most well documented things in the software universe.




On my laptop, most games are jerkly, slow, unplayable, and really piss off the 4BSD scheduler. I know however that my graphics card has very poor 3D driver support when it comes to games that actually need it.


Thus in may case: XGalaga == yes; Chromium B.S.U. == no;


Does your card support suitable graphics capabilities under X to run the games correctly and are they suitably installed?



Write permissions are a realitive thing -- files, file systems, devices, etc. The permission model under unix is as simple as it gets without giving every tom dick and harry the ability to delete system files without a body block.
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Default graphics problem/write permissions

I'm very persistent but I do have my frustration limit some days. I have downloaded the Nvidia LS7300 latest BSD driver but haven't reached the point yet where I know how to go to find the extracted files and enter at the prompt "make install" (I think that's what it is). As far as the write permissions all I had to do was use superuser terminal instead of the basic terminal. Similarly all the frustrations entering command prompts trying to fix my keyboard issues were unnecessary. All I had to do was go to click on keyboard layout and choose a different default. I find that looking around and trying things has achieved a lot more than reading incomprehensible and frequently overly advanced concepts. As an infant in BSD I hate being taught geometry for the purpose to tie up my "shoe laces."
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