PC-BSD installer bug

Posted Tuesday, February 19th 2013 in FreeBSD - Permalink

I recently tried to install PC-BSD 9.1 on a PC connected to an HDTV. When the graphical installer interface came up, the fonts were much too small, completely unreadable. This is a bug that can cause problems with nVidia drivers, and it comes from bad screen dimension data given by the TV. The TV I had problems with was a Sony Bravia.

To fix this issue, boot the installer disc as normal. When the installer screen comes up, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to bring up the first console. Press Ctrl+C to kill the running X11 session. Now, edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf. In the “Device” section for the graphics card, enter the following:

Option              "UseEdidDpi" "False"
Option              "DPI" "96 x 96"

Restart the X11 server,

# startx

The fonts sizes should now be more reasonable.

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