Can't install FreeBSD on Librem 13v4 laptop

Prezu

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Hi everybody,

I'm trying to install FreeBSD on my Librem 13v4 laptop from Purism. It's running SeaBIOS:

I'm booting off of my mem stick, to which I've written FreeBSD-12.1-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img, However, right after the boot welcome screen when the kernel is being loaded, I'm getting:
can't find '/boot/entropy'

I don't know, what that means and how to resolve that issue. Does anyone perhaps know, what might be the issue?
 
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Prezu

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Here's a screenshot:
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Then it just hangs there. Does anyone, maybe, have a clue, what might be wrong and what could I try to work around this problem?
 

Phishfry

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That is exactly what I would try.
Drop to loader prompt (#3 at the beastie menu) and enter this:
set hw.vga.textmode=1
Now hit the enter key and type this:
boot
Now hit enter again and it should boot up.

If that works, at the very end of the install you have a chance to make any last minute changes to the installation.
Press yes and then edit with a text editor /boot/loader.conf with this setting:
"hw.vga.textmode=1"
ee is the easy editor and built into base along with vi.
 

Phishfry

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You are getting some real bad advice from the mailing lists.
Have you tried the above fix? I have seen this problem many times before and some feedback would help.
There are other fixes from the loader including ditching the vt terminal for sc terminal.
set kern.vty="sc" would be my next loader suggestion.

Not a daily drive? Not true at all I have been using FreeBSD on a laptop for 5 years as a daily driver.

Get a used server? Not very helpful.

Luckily Polytropon calls them out.
 
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