Open Bsd Install Guide

Installing openbsd 6.3 on my hp pavillion x360 was straightforward except for a misconfigured inteldrm driver breaking the default install. I copied the, amd64 architecture, install63.fs image to a usb and then booted it. The install was simple and straightforward. However the boot process halted with the following error.

error: [drm:pid0:i915_firmware_load_error_print] *ERROR* failed to load firmware i915/skl_dmc_ver1.bin (-22)

After some searching I figured out drm is a hardware accelerated video driver and i915 refers to the Intel Driver specifically. On boot instead of letting the normal boot occur, I launched boot config by typing boot -c.

boot> boot -c

Then disabling inteldrm allowed me to boot.

UKC> disable inteldrm
UKC> quit

Once booted, ifconfig recognized my wifi chip.

ifconfig | grep iwm0

But, I was missing the iwm firmware needed to use it. To install the firmware I downloaded the necessary files:index.txt, SHA256.sig and iwm-firmware.tgz. I then mounted the usb drive with the downloaded files to /mnt and installed the firmware.

mount /dev/sd1i /mnt
fw_update -p /mnt iwm

Joining my network allowed me to update my firmware and patch my system.

ifconfig iwm0 nwid "My network" wpakey "password"
dhclient iwm0

However updating my firmware didn't fix the inteldrm boot problem, so I disabled inteldrm permanently with config.

config -ef /bsd
ukc> disable inteldrm
225 inteldrm * disabled
ukc> quit

I was left with a usable openbsd install. Sound and (non accelerated) video worked out of the box.

Last updated: 2019-08-17 Sat