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Zotac CI320 nano (Intel Celeron N2930 1.83Ghz)

k.jacker

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my PC Zotac CI320 nano
If you allready own that device, then try it.

If not, you should research the hardware inside of computer/motherboards (manufacturer website, google, reviews) and then check my findings against the hardware compatibility for FreeBSD 11.1.

The question is, if you want to run Xorg or if you plan on using that as a small server?
The 7. generation Intel graphics has been supported for a long time, but Atom/Celeron/Pentium SoC processor's graphics still may not work.
(I don't own one, but have read that here on the forums several times)
I think the celeron N2930 graphics is part of the Valleyview series (BayTrail platform) and some of those are supported by i915_kms driver.
Though with those platforms Intel usually throws together some random previous generation stuff without providing much usefull informations about it...
 

iSh0w

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If you allready own that device, then try it.

If not, you should research the hardware inside of computer/motherboards (manufacturer website, google, reviews) and then check my findings against the hardware compatibility for FreeBSD 11.1.

The question is, if you want to run Xorg or if you plan on using that as a small server?
The 7. generation Intel graphics has been supported for a long time, but Atom/Celeron/Pentium SoC processor's graphics still may not work.
(I don't own one, but have read that here on the forums several times)
I think the celeron N2930 graphics is part of the Valleyview series (BayTrail platform) and some of those are supported by i915_kms driver.
Though with those platforms Intel usually throws together some random previous generation stuff without providing much usefull informations about it...
I would want to run Xorg or Gnome if possible.

I guess I need to do some homework.

Just trying may be the way to go but would require time and energy so thought I'd check here first.

Thanks for your time and for replying!

Update:
Based on the link you shared and the subsequent link for Intel Celeron processors within that link, found the N2930 listed so I guess I'll be giving it a try soon. Still curious if I should go for TrueOS or just use FreeBSD
 

k.jacker

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That's only a link to ark.intel.com, sure all Intel processors are listet there.
Best place to look up all kind of information about your processor and chipsets and stuff, but it's in no way related to things beeing supported on FreeBSD.

What I would do if you don't want to do a full install is to grab a pen drive with FreeBSD installer and boot into it...
Then, at the first question, don't choose to "install" but rather choose "Live CD", at the login prompt type root without password and then
run kldload i915kms and see if the Intel graphics driver attaches.

If it works, the screen will go blank/flicker for a moment and then some output like this should appear on the console:
Code:
info: [drm] Connector VGA-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.VGA-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector HDMI-A-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.HDMI-A-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector DP-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.DP-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector HDMI-A-2: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.HDMI-A-2
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector DP-2: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.DP-2
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
fbd0 on drmn0
VT: Replacing driver "vga" with new "fb".
drmn0: More than 8 outputs detected
info: [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20080730 for drmn0 on minor 0
Support for graphics drivers you'll find here, but still you can't be sure if it will work with your N2930 before you try it.
 

iSh0w

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#5
That's only a link to ark.intel.com, sure all Intel processors are listet there.
Best place to look up all kind of information about your processor and chipsets and stuff, but it's in no way related to things beeing supported on FreeBSD.

What I would do if you don't want to do a full install is to grab a pen drive with FreeBSD installer and boot into it...
Then, at the first question, don't choose to "install" but rather choose "Live CD", at the login prompt type root without password and then
run kldload i915kms and see if the Intel graphics driver attaches.

If it works, the screen will go blank/flicker for a moment and then some output like this should appear on the console:
Code:
info: [drm] Connector VGA-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.VGA-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector HDMI-A-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.HDMI-A-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector DP-1: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.DP-1
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector HDMI-A-2: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.HDMI-A-2
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
info: [drm] Connector DP-2: get mode from tunables:
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.DP-2
info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
fbd0 on drmn0
VT: Replacing driver "vga" with new "fb".
drmn0: More than 8 outputs detected
info: [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20080730 for drmn0 on minor 0
Support for graphics drivers you'll find here, but still you can't be sure if it will work with your N2930 before you try it.
1) downloaded and wrote "FreeBSD-11.1-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img" onto a USB
2) Booted from the stick and selected multi-user > LiveCD
3) Ran the command shared by you kldload i915kms
and got the following output:
Code:
info: [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
Took a photo of the screen and sharing below
 

k.jacker

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Sorry, the driver did not attach.
You won't get video acceleration with that CPU (it's HD graphics) for now.

A new driver is in the works on FreeBSD 12-CURRENT and chances are high that the new driver will support the HD graphics in your CPU.
 

iSh0w

Member


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#7
Sorry, the driver did not attach.
You won't get video acceleration with that CPU (it's HD graphics) for now.

A new driver is in the works on FreeBSD 12-CURRENT and chances are high that the new driver will support the HD graphics in your CPU.
Oh No ;)
Thanks for your time.
 

iSh0w

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#9
You may need to try FreeBSD 12-CURRENT and drm-next from Ports (for FreeBSD 12).
Thanks. Downloading "FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT-powerpc-20180118-r328126-memstick.img" any help on how to get "drm-next from Ports" would be appreciated, did you mean I manually download that port and copy to the USB stick in a particular directory after writing the img to the usb stick?

Or is it a command I need to run once I boot into a Live run.

Thanks.
 

k.jacker

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#10
That's why I didn't mention 12-CURRENT at first... We (you) are not supposed to ask questions about CURRENT as it is by no means a stable distribution.
You are on your own if you want to give it a try. Full install of CURRENT required. Read the pkg-msg from the drm-next port for instructions how to get it working.
Over and out :cool:
 

vermaden

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