PC-BSD 9.0-RC2 now Available

Kris has announced the availability of RC2. From the announcement:

The second release candidate for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available for download. This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.


Notable changes in this release, in no particular order:

  • Improve username checks in installer to only allow valid chars
  • Add button for xvkbd virtual-keyboard usage during installation, install can now be done entirely via touch-screen
  • VirtualBox mouse-pointer integration works by default after selecting vboxvideo in display wizard
  • Improve update-manager to not fail on soft errors
  • In services tool, sort by name by default and enable user-sorting via headers
  • Fix mime issues causing false identification of office documents as .zip files
  • Set default language to en_US.UTF-8 which fixes mouting some removable media
  • Set the default mirror server on first boot to the fastest available
  • Save users proxy / pbi configuration across upgrades
  • Fix bug in AppCafe to show PBIs not associated with a particular repo
  • Added FVWM and FVWM-Crystal as desktop options: note these will be PC-BSD themed (desktop and menu items) in RC3
  • Prompt for a desktop in LIVE mode
  • Add Koffice-kde4 as optional meta-pkg for KDE4
  • Make pbi-manager more “sudo” friendly
  • Added optional meta-pkg for Compiz
  • Enable DynamicPM on ATI video
  • Add “switcher2” utility for changing gtk theme
  • Add -R option to “pbi_add” which fetches PBI install file without installing or removing it
  • Add xscreensaver to base system to fix issues in XFCE4 & others

Known Issues:

The default KDE wallpaper / desktop is broken with the update to 4.7.3. This will be fixed for RC3.

Reporting Bugs:

Since this is a pre-release, please assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the
testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. When providing feedback please indicate which install media you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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Comments (108)

  • Hasan Görmüş
    November 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

    Please provide support for Broadcom BCM4313 Wireless devices.
    I’m big fan of BSD -especially PC-BSD- but can’t use PC-BSD.

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:33 am |

      We’re still waiting for that driver…

      • Hasan Görmüş
        December 5, 2011 at 8:07 am |

        Thanks for reply.
        I wish I had known programming for writing BCM4313 driver…

  • decent
    November 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm |

    I’m using 9.0 RC1
    SkyStar 2 (B2C2/Techsan Electr.) drivers cannot install normally (broken packages, etc.)

    • November 24, 2011 at 7:01 am |

      What is the Vendor ID/Product ID for your device? b2c2 is built into webcamd which is installed with PC-BSD. See “man b2c2” and (9.0 will already have the latest webcamd).

      • decent
        November 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

        technisat.comtechnisat.comThanks @dru,

        SkyStar2 pci, digital TV-card.

        pciconf -l -cv

        none1@pci0:3:6:0: class=0x028000 card=0x210313d0 chip=0x210313d0 rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
        vendor = 'Techsan Electronics Co Ltd'
        device = 'B2C2 FlexCopII DVB chip / Technisat SkyStar2 DVB card'
        class = network
        fwohci0@pci0:3:14:0: class=0x0c0010 card=0x10001458 chip=0x8024104c rev=0x00 hdr=0x00
        vendor = 'Texas Instruments'
        device = 'TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)'
        class = serial bus
        subclass = FireWire
        cap 01[44] = powerspec 2 supports D0 D1 D2 D3 current D0

        This link:

        • November 25, 2011 at 7:59 am |

          Does “usbconfig dump_all_config_desc | grep vendor” show the product and vendor ID in 0x format?
          Also, what happens when you try to use the card?

  • Mike Keel
    November 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    Please fix issue with Broadcom wireless drivers. When I try to connect to a visible wireless signal, the screen becomes unreadable and X windows will not recover even after a reboot. I know of others who would use pc-bsd if it had support for these wifi adapters. This issue has been around for awhile so I am very disappointed that it has not been adequately addressed. Broadcom is such a common wireless adapter. I have no problem with installing Broadcom wireless drivers on linux. Such simple resolvable issues are what keep many from trying pc-bsd.

  • Brian
    November 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

    Ditto with the Broadcom issue and no fault of the PC-BSD folks – they do so much to improve an OS sorely lacking in hardware support. I already do the odd reboot into Win7 to play the odd game, but when I have to reboot into PCLinux or OpenSUSE to simply use my bluetooth adapter, I usually end up staying.

    • November 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |

      Yes, easy bluetooth support is an issue that needs to be worked on. We’ll be providing a Bluetooth GUI, but it won’t be til 9.1 as it will take some time to work out all of the current Bluetooth issues.

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  • nalare
    November 24, 2011 at 12:59 am |

    thanks very much for providing us such a nice and user friendly unix like OS. With every release the system seems more and more mature&stable in most of the desktops included. Im sure there is a lot of hard work behind all these improvements. Greetings&thanks from Euskal Herria (Basque Country)

  • Vermilion
    November 24, 2011 at 2:14 am |

    I love this PC-BSD. Thanks very much for this great OS!

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:45 am |

      You’re welcome!

  • Tigersharke
    November 24, 2011 at 3:15 am |

    Other unfortunate issues with KDE, unless a last-minute fix was recently added.. it mostly involves the kdecache directory, but it is also known that a few KDE programs also have difficulties.

  • Gundam
    November 24, 2011 at 4:59 am |

    I used the latest unetbootin and win32-image-writer respectively to create a bootable USB on windows 7. But iso file and img file of 9.0-RC2 both failed to boot. For iso file, it indicated “cannot find kernel”. For img file, it indicated “fail to find installation media”

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:42 am |

      Unetbootin does not work at this time. But win32 image writer should. What was the size of the USB stick, which USB image did you download, and did you check the md5 of the image?

      • Gundam
        November 25, 2011 at 2:45 am |

        The USB stick is 8G.
        I have tried all images above and checked their md5. I can see the installer boot menu, but it showed “fail to find installation media” when pressing [Enter].

        • Gundam
          November 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm |

          OK, It’s my fault. The USB stick was broken. So I used a new stick. I wrote img files into stick.
          It booted successfully. But after I chose KDE, it stopped. It was the same for other 3 desktop environments.
          I completed the installation following the handbook. After the laptop rebooted, the first problem came up. Some message was printed below:
          Loading kernel modules:
          Cuse4BSD V0.1.21 @ /dev/cuse
          wlan0:Ethernet address: 00:26:c6:3c:1d:fc
          iwn0: radio is disabled by hardware switch
          iwn0: radio is disabled by hardware switch
          iwn0: radio is disabled by hardware switch
          Then it stopped…
          I press [Ctrl]+C cancel this operation. The it went into KDE!
          After I rebooted and returned PCBSD secondly, it showed:
          panic: ufs_dirbad: /: bad dir ino 32900 at offset 512: mangled entry
          KDE: stack backtrace:
          #0 0xc0a4b027 at kdb_backtrace+0x47
          #1 0xc0a185f7 at panic+0x117

          #14 0xc0d32801 at Xint0x80_syscall+0x21
          Uptime: 58s
          Automatic reboot in 15 seconds

          • SPEC
            December 4, 2011 at 12:47 am |

            “iwn0: radion is disabled by hardware switch”
            It happens when you already have a OS like win 7. Try to load BIOS setup default, then it will be right.

            • December 5, 2011 at 7:12 am |

              Thanks for the tip!

  • Anders
    November 24, 2011 at 5:16 am |


    I installed PC-BSD 9 RC2 earlier today alongside Mac OS and Windows, and now rEFIt is only able to find Mac OS and Windows. FreeBSD (as rEFIt calls it) does not show up at all. I’ve tried to run /efi/refit/ from within the Mac OS to re-bless the system, but that did not help. Does anyone have any suggestions to fix my problem?

    Less importantly, is there any chance that the Broadcom drivers will be updated? I know that some Broadcom cards shipped with Apple computers are supported, but the Broadcom card that is shipped with my mid 2009 MacBook Pro does not seem to work under PC-BSD. It is not a big problem, though it would be nice to have a working WiFi under BSD.

    • December 28, 2011 at 9:11 am |

      Did you ever sort the refit issue? If so, please describe how so we can update the docs.

      Regarding the broadcom, I’ll poke about to see if anyone is interested in finishing up the missing drivers.

      • Anders
        December 29, 2011 at 6:11 am |

        Hey, unfortunately I’ve not been able to sort out the refit issue. I tried reinstalling both Mac OS X Snow Leopard (I’ll try again later on today with Lion) and PC-BSD 9 today, but still with no luck. The problem is that neither refit nor Boot Camp is able to “find” the newly installed PC-BSD 9 (Boot Camp should identify the new OS as “Windows”, but nothing other than “Mac” shows up). I tried to run the partitioning tool from within rEFIt, just to check if that would solve the problem. A new “OS” appeared, labeled “Legacy OS”. However, trying to boot that only resulted in a “Missing operating system” message. The strange thing is that PC-BSD 9 RC1 worked just fine, and I cannot remember doing anything other than what I mentioned above (installing rEFIt, running /efi/refit/ and rebooting from the PC-BSD DVD and installing PC-BSD into the partition created by BootCamp Assistant).

        Just for the record, installing FreeBSD 9 into my MacBook Pro results in the same problem, however that can be solved by installing FreeBSD 8 and then “upgrade” to FreeBSD 9:
        1) enter the fixit menu and choose “CDROM/DVD” if you are using the full install DVD
        2) Enter gpart modify -i X -t freebsd adX (i.e.) gpart modify -i 3 freebsd ad4
        3) Enter fdisk adX (i.e. ad4) and copy the output to a paper or something like that. You might need that information later.
        4) Enter frisk -u adX.
        4.1)Answer “n” to the question to change the idea of what BIOS thinks. The next thing that appears is the data for the EFI/GPT partition. Answer “n” to change it.
        4.2) Repeat step 4.1 until you come to the partition you want to change.
        In my case I changed partition 3 (ad4s3)
        4.3) Answer yes to change that partition.
        4.4) Supply 165 as the sysid value (165 = FreeBSD)
        4.5) Don’t change the values for start or size, just press enter for the both of them. You may get a warning saying that the partition does not start on a track boundary or end on a cylinder boundary.
        4.6) Answer “y” to change the beg/end addresses, and enter 1023 for beginning cylinder, 254 for beginning head and 63 for beginning sector. Enter 1023 for ending cylinder, 254 for ending head and 63 for ending sector.
        4.7) Answer “y” to the question that asks if we are happy with this entry.
        4.8) If there are any more partitions, say no to change them.
        4.9) Do not change the active partition, and answer “y” to write the new partition table. Note that when writing the new P.T. the system might print a message, “Class not found.” You can ignore that message.
        5) Reboot your computer from the install DVD.
        6) When the FreeBSD boot menu appears (beware that the countdown from 10 seconds does NOT work on my MacBook Pro, it might be anything from 10 milliseconds to, say, 3 or 4 seconds), press 6 to escape to loader prompt. The system now prints a message, “Type ? for a list of commands or ‘help’ for more detailed help.” The prompt, labeled “OK” appears on a new line.
        6.1) Enter”load geom_mbr” and press enter
        6.2) Enter “load geom_label” and press enter
        6.3) Enter “load geom_bsd” and press enter
        6.4) Enter “boot” and press enter to boot the installer.
        7) When the main menu appears, choose standard install.
        7.1) When you get to the fdisk partition editor, make sure to select the partition labeled FreeBSD and press Q. If neither partitions are labeled FreeBSD, reboot your computer and repeat steps 3 and 4. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE FDISK EDITOR!
        7.2) Now, create “local” FreeBSD partitions; press A to make the system do that automatically and then press Q to continue
        7.3) Choose the install type and then your installation medium.
        7.4) Create local users, set the time zone, enter the root password, etc, and install utilities you might want to install from the DVD.
        8) Reboot your computer. Note that Mac OS X probably will identify your hard disk partition table as “Master Boot Record”. To solve that, do the following:
        8.1) Reboot your computer from the FreeBSD install DVD and enter the fixit shell.
        8.2) Enter fdisk -u adX (i.e. fdisk -u ad4).
        8.3) Answer n to change the idea of what BIOS thinks.
        8.4) Make sure the partition 1 has the following values:
        sysid 238
        Start 1, size 409639 (200 MB), flag 0
        beg: cyl 1023/ head 254/ sector 63;
        end: cyl 1023/ head 254/ sector 63

        8.5) If partition 1 has other values, answer “y” to change it.
        8.6) Enter sysid 238, start 1 and size 409639.
        8.7) Answer no to correct warnings.
        8.8) Answer yes to change beg/end addresses, and enter 1023 for beginning cylinder, 254 for beginning head, and 63 for beginning sector.
        8.9) Enter 1023 for ending cylinder, 254 for ending head, and 63 for ending sector.
        8.10) Answer yes to the question if we are happy with this entry.
        8.11) Do not make changes to the other partition, or change the active one (changing the active partition has no effect in this case).
        8.12) Answer yes to write the new partition table. Once again, the system might print the message “Class not found.”

        That is the way I can install FreeBSD 8 on my Mac. Now, I’ll move on to FreeBSD 9. “Upgrading” to FreeBSD 9 is pretty straightforward, choose “Install” and keyboard layout and enter your system’s hostname. Choose to manually partition the system. The BSDInstaller prints out a partition table that looks like this:
        adX: GPT
        adXp1: EFI
        adXp2: Apple HFS
        adXs3: FreeBSD
        adXs3a: freebsd-ufs
        adXs3b: freebsd-swap
        adXs3c: freebsd-ufs
        adXs3d: freebsd-ufs

        You can safely change the partitions within adXsY (i.e. ad0s3) if you want to recreate the “local” FreeBSD partitions. When you are happy, select “Finnish” and commit the changes. Now, the installation should begin. Follow the on-screen instructions. The next time you reboot your computer, you should be able to boot into FreeBSD 9 (at least I was the last time I tried). Log in as your newly created user (you’ll be asked to do that during the install) and then su to root. Now you can install The X windowing system, by typing pkg_add -r Xorg and GNOME/KDE by entering pkg_add -r gnome or pkg_add -r kde. For important information about installing X and desktop environments, please print a copy FreeBSD handbook.

        By following all those steps, I was able to install the FreeBSD base system, X and GNOME. The only thing missing (to me, that is) is the ability to auto mount usb devices as well as an updated bwn driver for Broadcom.

        • December 29, 2011 at 6:15 am |

          Thanks for the detailed response. We’ll try to figure out what changed and get back to you.

        • December 29, 2011 at 9:04 am |

          Let us know if this fixes it:
          Boot the installation media, right-click outside the installer menu to open an xterm and run this command:
          gpart bootcode -b /boot/boot ada0s3

          • Anders
            December 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

            Running “gpart bootcode -b /boot/boot ada0p3” when booting from the installation media solved the problem. 😀 I am now running PC-BSD 9 and posting this reply from PC-BSD 9 on my MacBook Pro. Keep up the good work 🙂

            • December 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

              Great! RELEASE has been fixed accordingly.

  • ganief gallow
    November 24, 2011 at 6:23 am |

    My apologies if this is the wrong forum, but i recently downloaded pc-bsd 9.0 rc1
    and i wanted to join the pc-bsd forums but my application was turned down,i was denied
    access to the pc-bsd forum on the basis that i was a spambot, on what criteria is this assumption made, i am currently a member of the fedora and debian forum’s.
    does pc-bsd want to expand their user base?

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:36 am |

      Nope, that’s just vbulletin’s spam mechanism. Email me your email address and IP address and I’ll whitelist you (dru at freebsd dot org).

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  • Bradford
    November 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

    Can someone please add a graphical ppp dialer so that I can use PCBSD?

    • November 25, 2011 at 8:01 am |

      The Network Configuration tool in Control Panel contains a PPP GUI ( We need feedback from PPP users to make sure that any bugs get fixed and tested.

      • Bradford
        November 25, 2011 at 11:50 am |

        Is the PPP GUI in Version 8.2 or is it just 9.0- RC2?

        • November 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

          Yes, there is one in 8.2. It was improved for 9.0.

          • Bradford
            November 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

            Thank you for your quick reply

            I am a bit of a newbie. Is KPPP and PPP the same? I normally use kppp. I tried to find kppp in 8.2 but received a note from kmoore134 saying kppp doesn’t work with the newer FreeBSD’s:(

            • November 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

              No, kppp comes with KDE while System Network Configuration is a PC-BSD utility.

              • Bradford
                November 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

                When I have used other distro’s I use kppp to connect to the internet. Am I still unable to use 8.2?

                • November 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

                  Try it first in the live DVD to make sure.

                  • Bradford
                    November 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |

                    I am using WinXP. Have inserted DVD PCBSD 8.2. How do I get to start “live”?

            • November 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  • Alternator
    November 25, 2011 at 3:03 am |

    Thank you kind sir:)

  • Bane
    November 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

    Excellent work. Keep rolling.

  • November 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm |

    Thank you, for all of the good work you’ve been doing!

    P.S. – Ditto on the Broadcom wireless issue. I’ve tried resolving the issue in prior versions of PC-BSD or BSD in general but often with poor to very little results with my own system (regardless of bwn or bwi and especially poor results with wrapping).

    I will be giving Isotope a chance as soon as it’s finalized.

  • Mike
    November 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm |


    starting KDE fails.

    “Connecting to decprecated signal QDBusConnectionInterface::service Owner Changed (QString, QString, QString) kded(2623): Communication problem with “kded”, it probably crashed

    Error message was: “org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply”

    Startkde: Shuttin down

    Fluxbox ok.

  • Mike
    November 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    it was an upgrade from RC-1 to RC-2 via the TrayIcon.

    Adding an new user with /home/newuser also fails to start kde:

    “Call to lnusertemp failed (temporary directories full?). Check your installation”

    Warden seems also not to be updated properly.

    Like Chris Moore posted on the FreeBSD mailing list: …”It breaks everything for us …”

    • Mike
      November 27, 2011 at 6:35 am |

      Ok, the workaround of adding an new user with /home/newuser did the old trick now (wrong permissions were set ).

      Seems as if KDE4.7.3 is running fine now.

      • Mike
        November 27, 2011 at 8:41 am |

        KDE team still hasn’t fixed the missing left button in application starter menu. So this is *absolutely* unusable for me (and many others, see: kde bug tracker) because you can’t navigate back.

        Lancelot as an alternative is also missing. Sorry folks, it’s not your fault and I can understand that you want to push KDE4.7.3 but I’ll return back to 4.6.5 either with an own setup of FreeBSD or find a workaround only to upgrade the kernel stuff of PCBSD and stick to 4.6.5 *definitely*

        • November 28, 2011 at 7:45 am |

          Lancelot is included with KDE (it’s part of the kdeplasma-addons package). Can you provide a link to a screenshot of which button is missing in the start menu?

          • Mike
            November 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

            Hi dru,


            As an example you see the submenu of “Multimedia”. The left arrow button is missing so you can’t navigate back to the 1st level.

            See also:

            kde bug tracker

            Thanks for the hint (kdeplasma-addons package).

            • Mike
              November 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm |

              Ok, I’ve got it.

              It’s possible to navigate back by klicking “All Applications” at the bread crumb bar 😉

              • November 29, 2011 at 4:58 am |

                Bummer that the functionality of that link isn’t obvious, but glad that you sorted it out 🙂

      • namor
        August 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm |

        Would you please give some details on how you fixed this? On a fresh installation of 9.2 I cannot login because of this error:
        “Call to lnusertemp failed (temporary directories full?). Check your installation”

        • August 26, 2013 at 6:10 am |

          What is the size of the dis/partition/VM you installed into?

          • namor
            August 26, 2013 at 9:09 am |

            Realizing that this blog article was about the 9.0 release, not the 9.2 release, I moved the question to a more suitable place in the pcbsd forums, where you can find a screenshot with DF output as soon as a moderator approves my reply. 🙂 Link:

  • November 28, 2011 at 12:07 am |

    dbHi all:

    I’ve recently installed 9.0RC2. Everything works more or less in the same way as 8.2, so great!.

    With this patch

    the system suspends, and resumes, but after two times ‘umass’ fails (no detects pendrives when attached). This is more or less the same behaviour like compiling the kernel with usb stuff as modules (and loading/unloading when resume or suspend).

    But I have a question about AppCafe. I can’t find java/jdk/jre apps in it. Some problem with repositories? How can I install java?

    Thanks in advance,


    • November 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |

      Regarding Java, the OpenJDK PBI is being built and tested this week so I suspect that it will be in AppCafe by end of week.

      For 9.0, the decision was made to no longer provide PBIs for the diablo JDK/JRE as it is very outdated and behind in security patches.

  • Velko Ivanov
    November 28, 2011 at 2:32 am |


    Failed an update from RC1 to RC2 via the tray icon .. (UFS install from DVD).
    KDE doesn’t start, XFCE worked once, then on subsequent attempts enters a state in which it creates windows without titles that can’t move around the desktop and has only one workspace, unable to create more.

    I don’t have time to dig around for what’s wrong, going to reinstall clean, work is waiting 🙂

    Still, oddly enough, FreeBSD>6 is the only OS (flavor&version included) besides WinXP-SP1, which works on this not-that-old laptop – linuxes have the drivers but crash sorrily and miserably, tried them all out of curiosity (it’s an Atheros wireless that causes the trouble). Newer windows’es are dutifully unsupported by the manufacturer, because we all have to buy new laptops, don’t we? Which makes PC-BSD the only desktop – kinda perfect, since I’m a FreeBSD guy anyway.

    I just hope that the updating process will be fixed, it’s a second fail – the first was in the betas, due to ZFS install – it couldn’t boot anymore after the update.

    It’s a great OS though, so thanks

  • George
    November 28, 2011 at 2:52 am |

    AppCafe – bug
    1. start appcafe, choose an app, click Download
    2. AppCafe switches to the second pane, showing progress of the download job.
    3. right-click the item and cancel download, confirm yes.
    4. download item disappears, but DOWNLOAD CONTINUES (according to network traffic monitor).
    5. look for process “fetch” (via top or else). Kill it. Download traffic stops. An unfinished download file remains in /usr/pbi.
    This has been in several past releases of PCBSD.

    RC2 is a beautiful release. A call to all users: keep testing, we will make this OS the best.

    • November 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      Thanks George. I’ve just fixed this in SVN, it should kill the fetch and cleanup properly now 🙂

  • Malkiel
    November 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm |

    Just a quick shout-out to Dru, Kris, and all the *BSD crew — you guys are amazing! Thank you so much for your continued efforts!

    • November 29, 2011 at 5:00 am |


  • Jacob
    November 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm |


    system upgrade from RC1 to RC2 via System Updater failed starting KDE.
    That should be fixed.
    A fresh install of RC2 looks great and beautiful and is running fine.

    Formerly I used Debian Linux. But PCBSD9-RC2 and finally the Stable Version will be my favourite one.

    Thank you so much for providing such a great UNIX-like Desktop OS where DVB-t and other Mulitmedia Applications are running out of the box!

    • November 29, 2011 at 5:50 am |

      Yes, we’ve discovered some issues with KDE in RC2 (apparently the location of the config files changed) and there will be a blog post on that today. We think we’ve sorted all of the KDE issues for RC3.

      Great to hear that DVB works out of the box!

  • Ullas
    November 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

    On my goodness I have already downloaded 2.16 gigs for the past 10 hours. After reading the above commends if understand that it has no support for BCM 43xx Drivers I feel totally devastated. Can anyone tell me if i can install the driver. I have a BCM 4312 (Broadcom, Dell). Someone help me please.

  • Ullas
    November 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm |

    Can I Install PC-BSD as my main OS (The RC-2 release) and keep updating until the final release. Or is it just for testing purpose. and later I have to download again to install the final release.

  • Georgios Papadopoulos
    December 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

    In the forthcoming version of PC-BSD, please, provide support for:
    a) Realtek RTL8187B 802.11 b/g (wireless WiFi)
    b) ATi Radeon Mobility HD 3200 (graphics card)

    Both, thus far, do not work with PC-BSD versions up to 8.2

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:22 am |

      8187B should work with urtw driver–let us know if you test on a 9 RC and it does not.

      You probably won’t get full ATI support until the DRI/GEM/KMS stuff is committed. We hope to have a testing snapshot containing those commits sometime in Q1 2012.

      • Georgios Papadopoulos
        February 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |


        I just tried the Live DVD (64-bit) and there was the same problem: in both Gnome/KDE environments not only my WiFi was not recognized but also I was not able to find how I could find and initiate the network manager (not even an icon present on the desktop) …

        Did I do something wrong or is the version (i.e., Live DVD) responsible (i.e., reduced functionality) for that?

        Of course I do not mention the ATi problem, since (hopefully) it is expected to be solved in the next release.

        Many thanks

        • February 16, 2012 at 7:22 am |

          Does ifconfig show the driver?

          • Georgios Papadopoulos
            February 16, 2012 at 7:27 am |

            Well, I haven’t tried the ifconfig command, yet I am pretty sure that I could see the corresponding module loading at the start up of the Live DVD (i.e. before the welcome screen of the KDE)

            I had the same problem in the (installed) 8.2 version…

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  • Charles Singbiel
    December 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm |

    My ethernet card in my laptop bit the dust with an EMP . My network requires WPA/WPA2 Encryption on 802.11 g/n.
    This is not available as a selection in the network setup options in RC2, only WEP
    a weak security protocol.
    How can I connect?
    I have installed RC2 onto a 16GB Sandisk USB stick using the USB .img burned onto another Sandisk USB 4GB stick. Konqueror is missing a library. Epiphany loads ok.
    My USB ethernet MN110 is not detected either. Without WPA I cannot update without a complete download and reinstall. Took only 30 hours using the same bus controller, USB toUSB. (I won’t make that mistake again.) :-p

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 am |

    Hi Dru,
    The Link to the wiki didn’t apply to the…


    That I Installed to a 16 Gb Sandisk drive.I also went back to the live DVD version…
    and was unable to find the wireless manager referred to by the wiki link.

    The wireless icon and the lifepreserver icons do not show up in any of the desktops, KDE, Gnome, Xfce, Lxde.

    The KDE network manager is the only one; and it has no drop down for WPA in any of the desktops environments.
    It is of the 16×9 format not vertically oriented as in the wiki. Titled ” Network Settings (as supervisor)”
    When I called the ” Help ” I was presented with the Gnome Manual authored by Carlos Garnacho Parro 2004-2006
    network administration Tool Manual v2.15.2

    A boot error…

    usr/local/libexec/gconf-sanity-check-2 exits with status 256

    The Konqueeror error is a minor thing.

    ERROR- Konqueror (as supervisor)

    There was an error loading the module About-Page for Konqueror
    /usr/local/lib/kde4/”″ not found. required by “”)

    Hope this helps.

    • December 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

      Just to be clear: there wasn’t a Network Configuration icon in the PC-BSD Control Panel?

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

    Hi Dru,
    The Network icon only pulled up a manager without wireless responses.
    I saw the wireless card load and respond when booting, but there is no activity.
    From the desktop. Or system tray. It’s an Atheros card 6k series. Only the network manager available from kickstart launcher sees wlan0, but doesn’t store the settings or have a dropdown selecton for WAP security.

    • December 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

      Gotcha. Sounds like PC-BSD isn’t picking up your Atheros. Do you know the chipset for it?

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |

    OOPs I ment WPA/WPA2 not WAP. 😉

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    Sorry about the Atheros/Intel mixup between my two laptops, Dru.
    I hope it didn’t throw you off track.
    Please excuse an old A+ tech a grey moment. 🙂

    • December 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |

      No problem 🙂

      I do wonder why it’s not picking it up though as it should be covered by the iwn driver and PC-BSD loads both the driver and the required firmware at boot time.

      Does iwn or wlan show up in ifconfig?

  • Charles Singbiel
    December 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm |

    Hi Dru,
    I was fiddlin in the PCBSD Ccontrol Panel and the Wireless Config panel
    popped up behind the window of the panel, I filled in the WPA info and…
    Bingo! I am connected. Still no antenna in the tray. The KDE Network manager
    still doesn’t work. Konqueror is still broken, but epiphany works well.
    Don’t know what I did?


    • December 7, 2011 at 6:33 am |

      Good to hear. KDE was funky in RC2 and hopefully RC3 will address those KDE issues. Let us know if you still have wireless issues when RC3 comes out. It is building now so should be available by early next week.

  • Mike
    December 9, 2011 at 1:30 am |

    What hardware should work out of the box with Pc-bsd 9 ???

  • Aaron
    December 14, 2011 at 2:44 am |

    I can’t seem to pay via PayPal using PC BSD. It says something about UFT-8 not recognised. Like to get the @ symbol I have to shift 2. Keyboard is Logitech. :/

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  • Ullas
    January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

    I just would like to know where can i get Smooth-tasks or Icon-only-task applets in PCBSD-9.

  • Ullas
    January 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    The greatest trouble I am facing is sound. Because HDA Intel does not support OSS sound is there any way I can solve that. or can I Install ALSA (I Know it is Adv Linux Snd Arch). But then can you direct me somewhere that has a documentation on this.

  • September 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    1.) How do I enable wireless support for a Broadcom BCM 4312 wifi card in PC-BSD 9.1? I have an Acer Extensa 5220 Laptop.

    2.) I installed PC-BSD 8.2 and works very well, no problems, but I used to install PC-BSD 9.0 method dd(1) on the stick and boot, but stops somewhere at one point and freezes there. Everything goes well up here:

    usbus0: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus1: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus2: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus3: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0

    Here is my # lspci

    04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • September 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm |

      That chipset uses the bwn driver which is installed by default. If it is not showing in ifconfig, try loading it as the superuser with this command:

      kldload bwn_v4_ucode

      What is the size of the stick? Did the dd command indicate that the same amount of data was written as the size of the .img file? Did you check the checksum on the .img.bz2 file?

  • September 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

    Yes, I checked the checksum of the file img.bz2, is ok. Yes command indicate that the same amount of data was written as the size of the .img file. I tried with ACPI Turned off, but not work. The BIOS of the machine is up to date. I have the latest version. I tried to:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=128M
    and then:
    dd if=PCBSD8.2-x64-USB.img of=/dev/sdb bs=10240 conv=sync
    I tried with other values ​​even…, but had no effect.
    I tried installing the PCBSD9.0 and PCBSD9.1-RC1-x64 and x86,… x64 not working at all, but x86 boot, but I have these errors in my previous comment. I managed to install x86 the boot sequence, but the errors occur and I very much to get into the system. I can not understand why running version 8.2 on PC-BSD and version 9 on PC-BSD does not work?

    My usb is: Kingston DT Mini Slim 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 8082.035354] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] 15695872 512-byte logical blocks: (8.03 GB/7.48 GiB)

    I really appreciate your help, thanks again.

    • September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

      Yes, that is strange. Is it possible to use a DVD on this system (e.g. using an external reader)?

      Another possibility is to see if RC2 fixes the issue, it is due out some time this upcoming week.

  • September 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    So, I can not install something external, my drive CD/DVD-RW is broken… pfff. I think it’s something bad or incomplete in the kernel, maybe, since version 8.2 works great, no problems.
    So the only alternative is a wait for the new release on PC-BSD, can it solve the problem, … I hope!

    I really appreciate your help dru, thank you very much. I’m back with a review if it will solve the problem.

  • October 4, 2012 at 2:47 am |

    I managed to install the 32-bit PC-BSD 9.1 RC1, but does not work wireless with module bwn_v4_ucode (not see and can not find any wireless network). I put the file rc.conf bwn_v4_lp_ucode, can see wireless networks but I say power is zero% connects to the network but I do these errors but browser does not open:

    wlan0: Ethernet address: 00:1f:3a:9a:4c:47
    bwn0: firmware version (rev 478 patch 104 date 0x8701 time 0x657)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: RX decryption attempted (old 0 keyidx 0x1)
    bwn0: need multicast update callback

    I wonder where I’m wrong somewhere always?


    • October 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

      Take a look at bwn(4). There are 2 sysctl values that may fix the problem. It is also possible that your chipset needs the bwi driver instead, as described in that man page.

  • Kalis
    December 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    It seems I’m not the only one that has issues with the Broadcom chipset, same model (bcm4312) as well. Right now I’m totally despondent when it comes to getting the wireless to work. My install used the bwn(4) driver automatically & detected the device, but scanning for networks turned up nothing, so I switched to the low-power version, & it did detect the networks… listing them all at 0% (and still not connecting). Switching to the bwi driver didn’t work at all, which wasn’t a surprise since its man page doesn’t list bcm4312 as supported. I installed 9.0, then 9.1 (both 64b) thrice from DVD (and yes, I checked the md5) to no avail.

    So… what do I do now, short of ripping out & replacing the adapter? I’m sorry, I doubt this is the place to ask, but I’m not used to asking for help for any problem whatsoever since it usually isn’t this bad. Everything about this OS (short of the former issue) is wonderful; I’ll go so far as to donate the $5 in lunch money I have on me… bye bye cheap school lunch 🙁

    • December 12, 2012 at 8:01 am |

      I’m not sure what is up with that driver. It seems to work OK for some people and not at all for others. Perhaps the hardware implementations vary?

  • CRA
    June 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    I have been trying to solve the very same proble with BCM4312, did any one have solve it?

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