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  1. #1

    Gray screen on boot (openBSD)

    After getting too aggravated with Debian on my ipaq, I went to openbsd, in search of something fast, and secure.

    I went along with the installation instructions on their website, and it installed and everything. But now whenever I try to boot the computer on it goes through a bunch of script (like usual for linux and BSD distros) but before it gets to the login part, the screen goes gray and the mouse/pointer is there and it can move and everything. But nothing else is there.

    If I press the on/off button on the computer it goes back to the script and it says "login" but I can't type anything.

    I am starting to think that this ipaq desktop hates me, I never have problems like this with other computers :/

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Nevermind, I gave up on openBSD

    I installed arch on the computer. It works great!

  3. #3
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    Too late for OpenBSD but it's probably the same issue as FreeBSD - you need to have HAL and DBUS installed plus loaded at boot in order to stop the computer freezing when X starts.

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    Right now I am satisfied with Arch linux on this computer. But I will probably try to use a BSD later on, and if I have this same issue maybe that will work.

    How would I install something when I can't log in or anything though?

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