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SAJM

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My PC has FreeBSD 12.0 installed.

It booted straight into KDE and I logged in from there.
Recently I was installing a new WiFi dongle which went OK
I think I was doing something with the DHCP config (adding SYNCDHCP or suchlike) when suddenly the PC shut down.

When it rebooted I had lost the Wifi config, defaulted back to a US keyboard and it no longer booted into KDE.

I ignored the keyboard for now
The WiFi will no longer connect despite reentering the config but I will leave that for now

When I enter X it just loads a black screen and the only way out is to remove the power and reboot.
startx brings up a blank desktop.

2 questions:

How can a config be obliterated like that?

Help! How do I get my KDE desktop back? I don't even know where to start looking.
 

Jose

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I think I was doing something with the DHCP config (adding SYNCDHCP or suchlike) when suddenly the PC shut down.
Sounds like a hardware problem. Are your disks (or disk) OK?

My PC has FreeBSD 11.1 installed.

Freebsd 11.1 was EOLed on 9/30/18.
 
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SAJM

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Im in error. Its 12.0 but I see its also EOL
 

SirDice

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Upgrade to 12.2, 12.1 will be EoL at the end of January 2021. There's no need to upgrade to 12.1 first, you can go directly to 12.2.
 

bsduck

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This looks like your /etc/rc.conf is broken. You were probably changing your network configuration there and it's the same file where the system keyboard layout, as well as a list of automatically started services (with some needed for KDE to run), are stored.
 
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SAJM

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This looks like your /etc/rc.conf is broken. You were probably changing your network configuration there and it's the same file where the system keyboard layout, as well as a list of automatically started services (with some needed for KDE to run), are stored.
Yes it did disappeared.
 

richardtoohey2

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Back to what Jose said - your PC shouldn't reboot suddenly by itself, so that would seem to indicate hardware issue(s).
 
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SAJM

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Yes it did disappeared.
At present my rc.conf only contains;
Code:
wlans0_rtwn0="wlan0"
ifconfig_wlan0="WPA DHCP"
I cannot connect to the internet so cannot download anything, although before I lost rc.conf I could connect.

I found an rc.conf file at


I'm guessing I cannot do any damage if I copy across what seems to apply, let it run, watch for error messages or strange behavior and build a new file from that

Thanks

Steve
 

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I found an rc.conf file at
Ignore that. It's a copy of /etc/defaults/rc.conf, it's on your system too. Do NOT edit that file. There's usually not a lot in an /etc/rc.conf, this is about as basic as needed:
Code:
hostname="myhost.mydomain"

wlans0_rtwn0="wlan0"
ifconfig_wlan0="WPA DHCP"

sshd_enable="YES"

For KDE and a few others you might need to add these too:
Code:
dbus_enable="YES"
hald_enable="YES"
sddm_enable="YES"

I suggest leaving sddm out for now. Make sure your system boots properly and you can start X using startx first.
 
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