1. Checkout FreeBSD 9.1 or 9-STABLE (or HEAD): See Handbook: Synchronizing Source
2. Checkout a current snapshot of ports: See Handbook: Using the Ports Collection
- Code: Select all
4. Compile and install the new version of FreeBSD that was checked out earlier:
# make -C /usr/src KERNCONF=GENERIC buildworld kernel installworld && reboot
(Or go the 'safe' way and reboot after the kernel part into safe mode to do installworld and reboot again). Before rebooting, make sure to not have any third party modules being loaded automatically into the kernel, i.e. /boot/loader.conf
contains only x_load
lines for modules x that are part of FreeBSD (but not ports) and /etc/rc.conf
loads no services that would do so either.
5. After having rebooted to the new FreeBSD installation (check the output of uname -a
to verify), rebuild all ports. Using portmaster
this can be done with
# portmaster -a -f
. Again, see the Handbook section on ports collection.
6. Enable all kernel modules from ports in /boot/loader.conf
that were disabled earlier again.
7. Install x11-drivers/xf86-video-intel
8. Recreate a new Xorg config file using
# X -configure
. Check that there is a Section for the intel card in ~/xorg.conf.new
, and remove anything related to eventual vesa entries
9. Place ~/xorg.conf.new
10. Drop to your non-root user and start X.
- Some people reported that loading drm at boot time causes the system to misbehave. That module is loaded by X on-demand, and does therefore not require being loaded (manually) at all.
- Turning off X results in a black screen. While there is no screen, the system returns to syscons and commands typed into the keyboard, i.e. it's possible to restart X11.