I've had some previous experience with Linux in the past and have recently tried to install FreeBSD 11 on my Dell laptop. The installation process was successful and I have done a full installation.

The problem occurs when I try to logon to the system after the installation. The boot menu is shown in a worst resolution than the one during the installation and if I proceed to a normal boot the screen became scrambled, like a white noise in a TV. The only way to boot is escaping to loader prompt and issue the commands:

disable-module vesa
set kern.vty=vt

However the vesa is already disabled in /boot/default/loader.conf (vesa_load="NO") and there is no overriding in /boot/loader.conf and the vt is set in /etc/rc.conf.

My computer is a Dell Inspiron 15R 5537

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Not exactly the solution I was hopping for, but worked.

Booting through the loader prompt, as described in the question, I've managed to install de X Server (XOrg + KDE) and configure the system to boot to the graphic environment.

During the boot the screen is scrambled, but the graphic environment loads correctly. And, strange as it may seen, if I then change to the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+#) it looks nice too. It's important to note that just installing X is not enough. It only worked after I installed KDE and set to boot in graphic mode. Don't know if it would work with other WM's.

Don't trying to understand anymore I just thank to the Posix Lords In The Great Mainframe In The Cloud.

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