Lenovo T420s cannot boot + several other problems

da1

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Hi guys,

Recently, I got a brand new Lenovo T420s on which I tried to install FreeBSD amd64 on. I had millions of problems and I need an opinion:

1) 8.2 amd64 - boot stuck at keyboard probe (http://freebsd.1045724.n5.nabble.com/svn-rev-197392-hangs-during-boot-td3926276.html) - workaround by adding an external USB keyboard and disabling the internal AT keyboard at the boot prompt set hint.atkbd.0.disabled="1" and set hint.atkbd.0.flags="0x9"
- I managed to install and boot the OS but I have no drivers for the network card :(.

2) 9.0 amd64 (May snapshot) - had to do the same thing with the keyboard and after I installed the OS, I couldn't boot it. The PC was acting like there was no HDD inside at all. I have a SSD inside (if this makes any difference at all).

3) PC-BSD 8.0 and 8.2 behave the same as FreeBSD 8.2 amd64.

Any hints anyone?
 
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da1

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UPDATE:

I installed 8.2 amd64 and moved to STABLE (kernel compiled without atkbd and atkbdc) and the network card is working.

Stuff not working yet:
* Video card (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 4200M) - no graphic acceleration with the port (getting reboots with the official NVIDIA driver)
* Modem - not tested yet

@vermaden - I might give it a go but first I need to see if I can use FreeBSD on this laptop or not.
 

rodolphoeck

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@da1 have you found a solution for the keyboard? Did you have to use an USB one just for the installation or for normal operation as well?

Thanks!
 
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da1

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Hi,

I've updated to r224526 and the keyboard problem went away.
 
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