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I'm guessing then that it's probably your video graphics card.
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… install GhostBSD again and examine why it works so well.
Yup. I did a re-installation and followed the FreeBSD/Setup - the same that you gave earlier. I just did "Quick Start" (and also putting "kld_list="i915kms"" as instructed from the "drm-kmod" installation) and "KDE and the rest". It just worked! KDE got started. Beautiful. Thanks!You can, although (when attempting to compare) please be aware of the differences arising from OpenRC.
Have you considered reinstalling FreeBSD then following just the Quick start for KDE? It's fairly well tested.
Also/alternatively the KDE-on-FreeBSD disk image that's offered at <https://forums.FreeBSD.org/threads/freebsd-kommunity-edition.78594/post-513391>; preconfigured to use SCFB (non-accelerated; <https://man.freebsd.org/scfb(4x)>). If you can get the desktop environment with this image, then you should be able to reconfigure things to use a more suitable driver although …
… honestly, I'd go for a clean installation of FreeBSD + the Quick start.
Yes, I did install x11/xorg previously, and this time as well.Thanks for the follow-up!
Not everyone can so easily perform a clean installation. So, for future cases, it would be smart to know what exactly went wrong in a case such as yours. I found the same key symptoms (X.Org working – Plasma not working (blank screen, movable pointer) a few times, long ago, however I would not have expected this with FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE. Guesses, retrospective:
I wonder: did you previously, at any point, install x11/xorg-minimal instead of x11/xorg?
- something unnecessary (and problematic) was installed; and/or
- a requirement was not met.
If ever you need a reminder of the package message for drm-fbsd13-kmod, which was installed by drm-kmod: <https://www.freshports.org/graphics/drm-fbsd13-kmod/#message>
… x11/xorg previously, and this time as well.
What I installed last time, but not this time was "xf86-video-intel".
% date ; uptime ; freebsd-version ; uname -KU Sun 23 May 2021 10:19:05 BST 10:19a.m. up 18:36, 6 users, load averages: 0.55, 0.71, 0.77 14.0-CURRENT 1400013 1400013 % pkg info -x xf86-video kmod xf86-video-ati-19.1.0_3,1 xf86-video-scfb-0.0.5_2 xf86-video-vesa-2.5.0 drm-devel-kmod-5.4.92.g20210419 gpu-firmware-kmod-g20210330 openzfs-kmod-2021030100 sysctlbyname-improved-kmod-20210223 sysctlinfo-kmod-20210222 virtualbox-ose-kmod-6.1.22 % sysrc -f /etc/rc.conf kld_list sddm_enable always_force_depends kldxref_enable kldxref_clobber kld_list: fusefs usbhid drm sddm_enable: YES always_force_depends: NO kldxref_enable: NO kldxref_clobber: NO %