On Tuesday 17 February 2004 02:10 pm, bradford fligor wrote:
> Hello Support !
>
> I bought FreeBSD 5.1 and Handbook for my 10 year old "computer nut" son for
> Christmas and have had problems installing the full graphical version.
>
> When asked for "video card" on installation, I don't' know what to select.
> I have on-board video on the motherboard at this site.
>
>  http://www.albatron.com.tw/english/it/mb/specification.asp?pro_id=35
>
> I also have an old monitor but I don't think that's the problem.
>
> Will I need to buy a separate video card and if so would you have any
> suggestions?
>
> Thank you very much for your help!!
>
> Brad Fligor
> 508-627-4862

Brad,

Do you now, or have you ever, used FreeBSD?  If not, please do not give 
FreeBSD 5.1 to your 10 year-old son.  Please download 4.9 from the servers or 
wait for FreeBSD 5.2.1.  If you do not have an adequate internet connection 
for such a download, you can purchase the cd's online, or contact me 
off-list.  FreeBSD 5.1 was not released for production use.  FreeBSD is a 
wonderful operating system.  It would be a shame if your son's first 
experience with FreeBSD was unnecessarily frustrating.

As for the video card:  I could not identify the onboard video chip at the web 
page indicated above.  On other Albatron pages, I noted that they sell video 
cards with nVidia chips.  If this holds true for the motherboard, you 
probably have a compatible card; athough you may need to skip the graphical 
configuration step until you can identify the card.  Once the operating 
system is installed, there are various ways to detect the card identity if it 
is known to the kernel or to XFree86.  For more information, see:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x-config.html

which you can also find in the handbook.

Although we are volunteers (not a Support Department), we are happy to help.

Best of luck,

Andrew Gould

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