> 2)  I have installed freebsd 4.9  on my Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop, when I
> try to configure XFree86 I have to use the text based tool.  After doing
> that, when I run startx I get a grainy desktop that almost covers my
> but not quite, and has only a clock window, a login window, and an xterm
> window, and nothing else.  Where am I going wrong?

You didn't install some of the window managers. Log as root and

# cd /stand
# ./sysinstall

Choose Post-Configure XFree86 or something and install KDE, Gnome or
something similar.

# rehash
# startx

It should work...

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