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No display during initial installation

jungju sir

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Recently, I bought computer components (MB: Supermicro Dx10sdv-4c-tln2f/graphic onboard) to set up my home web server. As I had no PC monitor, I bought VGA to DVMI converter to use my home TV monitor (Samsung smartTV). After successful installation of FreeBSD (also Xorg and gnome3 via pkg and wrote required variables in /etc/rc.conf), I found no display error message and startx couldn`t start GUI mode. I think that it needs to set up the xorg.conf to use my TV monitor. Please help me to to set up FreeBSD-based web server. Thank you.
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Aspiring Daemon

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https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11.html has some parts that are outdated.
http://www.freebsdwiki.net/index.php/Desktop,_light_setup and http://www.freebsdwiki.net/index.php/Desktop,_troubleshooting should help. The part of these that are out of date are that the configuration files are under /usr/local/etc/X11/, not /usr/local/lib/X11/ anymore.

They will tell you, you don't need a full xorg.conf file, and to use only sections of that file, which is under that directory. I don't use a file under /usr/local/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ at all, because any time I use it, it doesn't work.

See if FreeNAS will work for what you're looking for in a web server.


Aspiring Daemon

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Learn to manage it through ssh(1).
Exactly. So jungju sir these commands and their variations will become common enough to you;
service somethingd stop
service somethingd start
service somethingd restart
shutdown -r now
shutdown -r +5
shutdown -p now
less /etc/rc.conf
vi /etc/rc.conf
top -C -s 5
vmstat -w 5
tail -30 /var/log/message
tail -f /var/log/messages

There are lots more. :)

You can remove Gnome and Xorg too if you indeed are going to manage it through ssh.