Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by NevilleGoddard » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:07 am

Good luck!
I couldn't find anything online about disabling the nvidia card. :shock:
Please let us know how you get on with TrueOS!

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by NevilleGoddard » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:21 am

Good luck.
As an absolute last resort if nothing else works, a BIOS update may fix the problem. According to a forum I read Dell did a BIOS update and I think it's update A15 and it runs the nvidia card by default.
This may or may not fix things but updating the BIOS can be VERY risky. You may brick your machine.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by Kernelpanic » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:34 am

This evening i will try to install TrueOs and see what happens.
Mmmh i know that updating bios will be very dangerous and i prefer to do nothing in this way
Probably I must stay with Gnu/Linux on this machine
Thanks again for your support
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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by ASX » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:12 pm

Kernelpanic wrote: Mmmh i know that updating bios will be very dangerous and i prefer to do nothing in this way
Last week I 'bricked' a Dell Vostro laptop when it failed to complete a bios update ... but .. I was subsequently able to resurrect it using a Phoenix utility named recovery/crisis utility :D

http://itstillworks.com/recover-phoenix ... 18098.html

That was the first time I bricked a laptop in my life, and I'm glad there is a way to recover from such events. For the record, the laptop was/is afflicted from some motherboard related issue.

Chance are you Dell is also using a Phoenix Bios ;)

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by NevilleGoddard » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:16 pm

I updated the BIOS my Dell desktop and all went smoothly, but it took a lot of work.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by Kernelpanic » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:49 am

Nothing to do...
Yesterday evening i tried many times to install TrueOs without success.It's the same with GhostBSD,error with video card.
Unfortunately I think that I will remain with Gnu/Linux on that machine.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by NevilleGoddard » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:30 am

Kernelpanic, perhaps you should have a look at this when you have the time.

https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/49670/

In the last post at the bottom he says he got X working and he gives his Xorg configuration file. You could try using his file or just editing yours so only the intel chip is used. You may have to edit it slightly to your pci identifier and you may get good results.
You'll be stuck with only your Intel GPU. You won't be able to use the nvidia one.

Give it a try. ;)

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by Kernelpanic » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:01 am

NevilleGoddard wrote:Kernelpanic, perhaps you should have a look at this when you have the time.

https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/49670/

In the last post at the bottom he says he got X working and he gives his Xorg configuration file. You could try using his file or just editing yours so only the intel chip is used. You may have to edit it slightly to your pci identifier and you may get good results.
You'll be stuck with only your Intel GPU. You won't be able to use the nvidia one.

Give it a try. ;)
Wow this seems to be very interesting. I'll try again with my favorite BSD OS, GhostBSD :lol:
This evenig I'm going to work on it
Thank you very much for this heko NevilleGoddard ;)
Ps.I start GhostBSD in live mode and then I modify the xorg.conf?Or i need to install FreeBSD with no GUI and then after xorg being install i will modify it?

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by NevilleGoddard » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:15 am

First run GhostBSD in live mode and open a terminal and enter the command:

pciconf -lv

Then look for something like:

vgapci0@pci0:0:2:0 class=878734
vendor = 'Intel Corporation'
Device = 'Mobile XXXXXX Integrated Graphics Controller '
class = display
Take note of the pci0:0:2:0 if your number is not 0:0:2:0 write your number down.


If possible, install GhostBSD as usual and then reboot. Probably pick UFS, not ZFS and FreeBSD bootloader.
Then when the prompt comes up to go into a shell, go into the shell and enter the command:

/sbin/mount -u /

then enter the command:

Xorg -configure

This should create a a file at /root/xorg.conf.new file

Then edit this file keeping only one "device" section by the command:

ee /root/xorg.conf.new

and editing out any section you see with nvidia in it and setting the driver to intel like so:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "intel"

Then install the package for intel drivers:

pkg install xf86-video-intel

then reboot and hold your breath ;)

If this doesn't work try including the ID of the card by editing the device section so it looks like this:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "intel"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"

Changing the PCI number for yours if it is different.

And try again.

Good luck. :D

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Re: Dell Inspiron 17r 7720 se

Post by Kernelpanic » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:59 am

Wow thanks for your description.
The only problem is that I can't go in the live mode.So I cannot use the graphical installer.
How could I install GhostBSD in console mode?before install I would like to know if this damned video card works.
For this reason I would like to know if everything works well.However tonight I'll be Dr.Frankenstein :lol:
Thanks again for your precious help
Cheers

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