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The {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/|txt=PC-BSD® Forums}} contain a wealth of information, tips and solutions which you can access from a web browser. There are many active members and you will find that most questions are replied to quickly. If you are having problems with something on your PC-BSD® system, try using the forum's search utility. You will often find that someone else has posted a similar question and that other users have responded with a fix or a how-to. 
  
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The Forums have been categorized, allowing users to skim through the categories that interest them while learning some things along the way. You do not have to create a login account in order to search or read through the forums. However, if you wish to ask or answer a question on a forum or subscribe to a forum or a thread (to be automatically notified when a new post is added), you will need to be logged in. To subscribe to a forum, open the page for the forum and select Forum Tools ➜ Subscribe to this Forum. You will be prompted to choose how often to be notified whenever a post is added to the forum. If you wish to subscribe to a specific post, open the post and select Thread Tools ➜ Subscribe to this Thread. You will be notified whenever someone responds to that post.
  
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The current categories and the forum descriptions are described below:
  
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'''The General category''' contains the following forums:
  
The [http://forums.pcbsd.org/ PC-BSD Forums] contain a wealth of information, tips and solutions which you can access from a web browser. There are many active members and you will find that most questions are replied to quickly. If you are having problems with something on your PC-BSD system, try using the forum's search utility. You'll often find that someone else has posted a similar question and that other users have responded with a fix or a how-to.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=22|txt=Announcements}}: this is a read only forum containing announcements of new releases and news related to PC-BSD®. Subscribing to this forum is a good way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about PC-BSD®.
  
The Forums have been categorized, allowing users to skim through the categories that interest them while learning some things along the way. You do not have to create a login account in order to search or read through the forums. However, if you wish to ask or answer a question on a forum or subscribe to a forum or a thread (to be automatically notified when a new post is added), you will need to be logged in. To subscribe to a forum, open the page for the forum and select Forum Tools -> Subscribe to this Forum. You will be prompted to choose how often to be notified whenever a post is added to the forum. If you wish to subscribe to a specific post, open the post and select Thread Tools -> Subscribe to this Thread. You will be notified whenever someone responds to that post.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=10|txt=General Questions}}: use this forum if your question does not fit into any of the other forum categories.
  
The current categories and the forum descriptions are described below:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=17|txt=The Lounge}}: this is a general discussion area for PC-BSD® users. Posts in this forum are not of a technical nature. Posts should be of interest to other PC-BSD® users and not contain any mature or slanderous content.
  
The General category contains the following forums:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=62|txt=Advocacy}}: this is a brainstorming area for promoting PC-BSD®.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=22 Announcements]: this is a read only forum containing announcements of new releases and news related to PC-BSD. Subscribing to this forum is a good way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about PC-BSD.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=34|txt=Guides}}: this forum contains how-tos and guides for performing specific tasks on PC-BSD®.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=10 General Questions]: use this forum if your question does not fit into any of the other forum categories.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=28|txt=Tips and Tricks}}: this forum contains suggestions for configuring and tweaking your PC-BSD® system.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=17 The Lounge]: this is a general discussion area for PC-BSD users. Posts in this forum are not of a technical nature. Posts should be of interest to other PC-BSD users and not contain any mature or slanderous content.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=55|txt=Books on PC-BSD®}}: this forum contains errata and discussion for published books about PC-BSD®.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=62 Advocacy]: this is a brainstorming area for promoting PC-BSD.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=74|txt=PC-BSD® Server Edition}}: this forum is for the discussion of the FreeBSD server and TrueOS™ editions of PC-BSD®.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=34 Guides]: this forum contains how-tos and guides for performing specific tasks on PC-BSD.
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'''The PC-BSD® Software (PBI files) category''' allows PBI developers to become aware of any problems with current PBIs and to receive requests for software that should be made into a PBI. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. The forums in this category include:
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=28 Tips and Tricks]: this forum contains suggestions for configuring and tweaking your PC-BSD system.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=12|txt=PBI Discussion}}: a general discussion area for resolving PBI problem reports. If you have a problem installing or using a PBI, post the details in this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=55 Books on PC-BSD]: this forum contains errata and discussion for published books about PC-BSD.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=61|txt=PBI Requests}}: do you have a favorite application that is not currently available as a PBI? You can request it in this forum. Be sure to read the {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13642|txt=Readme first}} post if this is your first PBI request.
  
PBI developers subscribe to the PC-BSD Software (PBI files) category to become aware of any problems with current PBIs and to receive requests for software that should be made into a PBI. If you start a post a in any of these forums, you should subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. The forums in this category include:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=63|txt=Finished PBIs}}: once a new PBI is created as the result of a PBI request, the original request is moved to this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=12 PBI Discussion]: a general discussion area for resolving PBI problem reports. If you have a problem installing or using a PBI, post the details in this forum.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73|txt=Port Requests}}: do you have a favorite application that is not currently available as a FreeBSD port? You can request it here. If someone does make a port it can also be converted into a PBI, as PBIs are based on FreeBSD ports. Again, read the {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13743|txt=Readme first}} file if this is your first port request.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=61 PBI Requests]: do you have a favourite software that is not currently available as a PBI? You can request it in this forum. Be sure to read the [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13642 Readme first] post if this is your first PBI request.
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'''The Support category''' deals with the following types of support questions. PC-BSD® developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD®. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=63 Finished PBIs]: once a new PBI is created as the result of a PBI request, the original request is moved to this forum.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=16|txt=General Bug Reports}}: if you are having a problem on your PC-BSD® system that does not match any of the other forum categories, you can report it here. Read any posts marked as "sticky" (they will always be at the top of the forum) if this is your first bug report.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73 Port Requests]: do you have a favourite software that is not currently available as a FreeBSD port? You can request it here; if someone does make a port it can also be converted into a PBI as PBIs are based on FreeBSD ports. Again, read the [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13743 Readme first] file if this is your first port request.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=11|txt=Installing PC-BSD®}}: if you are having problems installing PC-BSD®, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
The Support category deals with the following types of support questions. PC-BSD developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD. If you start a post a in any of these forums, you should subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=20|txt=Startup Bug Reports}}: if you have been able to install PC-BSD® but are having problems booting into PC-BSD®, post the details of your problem in this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=16 General Bug Reports]: if you are having a problem on your PC-BSD system that does not match any of the other forum categories, you can report it here. Read any posts marked as "sticky" (they will always be at the top of the forum) if this is your first bug report.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=21|txt=Usage Bug Reports}}: if you are having problems performing a task or using the software that was installed with your PC-BSD® system, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=11 Installing PC-BSD]: if you are having problems installing PC-BSD, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=14|txt=FreeBSD Help}}: if you suspect that your problem is not with PC-BSD® but with the underlying FreeBSD operating system, post the details of your problem in this forum. The {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=12938|txt=Looking for FreeBSD Help? README FIRST!}} post should be read first.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=20 Startup Bug Reports]: if you have been able to install PC-BSD but are having problems booting into PC-BSD, post the details of your problem in this forum.
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'''The Hardware Support category''' is for reporting hardware-related problems. PC-BSD® developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD®. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. Be sure to read the {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13753|txt=README first}} before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=21 Usage Bug Reports]: if you are having problems performing a task or using the software that was installed with your PC-BSD system, post the details of your problem to this forum.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=27|txt=General Support}}: if your hardware problem does not match any of the other forum categories, post the details of your problem in this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=14 FreeBSD Help]: if you suspect that your problem is not with PC-BSD but with the underlying FreeBSD operating system, post the details of your problem in this forum. The [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=12938 Looking for FreeBSD Help? README FIRST!] post should be read first.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=29|txt=Graphics Cards}}: if you are having problems with your video card settings, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
The Hardware Support category is for reporting hardware-related problems. PC-BSD developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD. If you start a post a in any of these forums, you should subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. Be sure to read the [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13753 README first] before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=30|txt=Sound and Multimedia}}: if you are having problems with sound or in playing multimedia such as CDs or videos, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=27 General Support]: if your hardware problem does not match any of the other forum categories, post the details of your problem in this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=31|txt=Networking}}: if you are having problems using or configuring a network interface, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=29 Graphics Cards]: if you are having problems with your video card settings, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=32|txt=Laptops}}: if you are having problems with power management or other laptop-specific issues, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=30 Sound and Multimedia]: if you are having problems with sound or in playing multimedia such as CDs or videos, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=33|txt=Drives}}: if you are having problems accessing or formatting CD, DVD, USB or hard drives, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=31 Networking]: if you are having problems using or configuring a network interface, post the details of your problem to this forum.
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'''The Development category''' contains the following forums:
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=32 Laptops]: if you are having problems with power management or other laptop-specific issues, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=13|txt=Creating PC-BSD® Packages (.pbi files)}}: this is a discussion area for PBI developers who need help with or have questions about creating a PBI.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=33 Drives]: if you are having problems accessing or formatting CD, DVD, USB or hard drives, post the details of your problem to this forum.  
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=15|txt=Feature Requests}}: do you have an idea for a feature that you would like to be available in PC-BSD®? This is the forum to request it.
  
The Development category contains the following forums:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=19|txt=Translations}}: this is a discussion area for translators who localize PC-BSD® menus or translate PC-BSD® documentation.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=13 Creating PC-BSD Packages (.pbi files]: this is a discussion area for PBI developers who need help with or have questions about creating a PBI.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=25|txt=Documentation Project}}: this is a discussion area for those who wish to help with PC-BSD® documentation.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=15 Feature Requests]: do you have an idea for a feature that you'd like to be available in PC-BSD? This is the forum to request it.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=26|txt=PC-BSD® Installer}}: this is a discussion area for feature requests and testing of the PC-BSD® installation program.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=19 Translations]: this is a discussion area for translators who localize PC-BSD menus or translate PC-BSD documentation.
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'''The Testing category''' is for PC-BSD® beta testers to report problems found in upcoming versions of PC-BSD®. It contains the following forums:
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=25 Documentation Project]: this is a discussion area for those who wish to help with PC-BSD documentation.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=65|txt=General Testing}}: if your problem is not related to one of the following desktop environments, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read the sticky threads first as they contain useful information about beta testing and any known issues with the testing snapshot.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=26 PC-BSD Installer]: this is a discussion area for feature requests and testing of the PC-BSD installation program.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=66|txt=KDE}}: if your problem is related to the KDE desktop or KDE applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13636|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
The Testing category is for PC-BSD beta testers to report problems found in upcoming versions of PC-BSD. It contains the following forums:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67|txt=Gnome}}: if your problem is related to the GNOME desktop or GNOME applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13637|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=65 General Testing]: if your problem is not related to one of the following desktop environments, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read the sticky threads first as they contain useful information about beta testing and any known issues with the testing snapshot.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=68|txt=XFCE}}: if your problem is related to the XFCE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13638|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=66 KDE]: if your problem is related to the KDE desktop or KDE applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13636 README first] for instructions before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=69|txt=LXDE}}: if your problem is related to the LXDE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13639|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67 Gnome]: if your problem is related to the GNOME desktop or GNOME applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13637 README first] for instructions before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=70|txt=Fluxbox}}: if your problem is related to the Fluxbox desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13640|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=68 XFCE]: if your problem is related to the XFCE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13638 README first] for instructions before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=72|txt=Ports Testers}}: if your problem is related to a FreeBSD package or port, you can report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13742|txt=README first}} for instructions before posting.
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=69 LXDE]: if your problem is related to the LXDE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13639 README first] for instructions before posting.
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'''The International category''' contains forums for non-English speakers for PC-BSD® related discussions in their native language. Each forum has its own categories for organizing posts. The following forums are available:
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=70 Fluxbox]: if your problem is related to the Fluxbox desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13640 README first] for instructions before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=75|txt=Chinese}}
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=72 Ports Testers]: if your problem is related to a FreeBSD package or port, you can report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read [http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13742 README first] for instructions before posting.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=40|txt=French - Français}}
  
The International category contains forums for non-English speakers for PC-BSD related discussions in their native language. Each forum has its own categories for organizing posts. The following forums are available:
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=41|txt=German - Deutsch}}
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39 Spanish - Español]
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=80|txt=Slovene - Slovenščina}}
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=40 French - Français]
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39|txt=Spanish - Español}}
  
* [http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=41 German - Deutsche]
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While logged into the forums, a link called "UserCP" will appear in the upper left hand corner. This is your control panel and it contains many settings to customize your forums experience. You should review the settings in your Control Panel.
  
While logged into the forums, a link called UserCP will appear in the upper left hand corner. This is your control panel and it contains many settings to customize your forums experience. You should review the settings in your Control Panel.
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Before asking a question on the forums or starting a new thread, first use the search utility to see if a similar thread already exists. If one does, you can add to the conversation by using the "Reply" button. If you find a thread useful, feel free to click the "Thanks" button to let the original poster know that you benefited from their knowledge.
  
Before asking a question on the forums or starting a new thread, first use the search utility to see if a similar thread already exists. If one does, you can add to the conversation by using the Reply button. If you find a thread useful, feel free to click the Thanks button to let the original poster know that you benefited from their knowledge.
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If a similar thread does not already exist, review the forum categories to determine which one is the best fit for your post. When creating a new thread, use a useful "Title" name to describe your problem or question -- remember, other users may be researching a similar issue and you want them to find your thread. Include enough details in your message so that others can quickly understand what you are experiencing -- otherwise, they will have to ask you additional questions to understand your problem. Make sure you are subscribed to your thread so that you will receive a notification when someone responds to it.
  
If a similar thread doesn't already exist, review the forum categories to determine which one is the best fit for your post. When creating a new thread, use a useful Title name to describe your problem or question--remember, other users may be researching a similar issue and you want them to find your thread. Include enough details in your message so that others can quickly understand what you are experiencing--otherwise, they will have to ask you additional questions to understand your problem. Make sure you are subscribed to your thread so that you will receive a notification when someone responds to it.
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You can ask a question by clicking on the "New Thread" button in the forum category that most closely matches your question. For example, if you are having problems with your video settings, you should create a new thread in the "Graphics Card" forum. If you do not see a category that matches your question, try the "General Support" category.
  
You can ask a question by clicking on the "New Thread" button in the forum category that most closely matches your question. For example, if you are having problems with your video settings, you should create a new thread in the Graphics Card forum. If you don't see a category that matches your question, try the General Support category.
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In addition to the forums available from the PC-BSD® Forums website, the following forums may assist you in troubleshooting your PC-BSD® system:
 
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In addition to the forums available from the PC-BSD Forums website, the following forums may assist you in troubleshooting your PC-BSD system:
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* [http://forums.freebsd.org/ FreeBSD Forums]: many PC-BSD problems are related to the underlying FreeBSD operating system. The FreeBSD forums are very active and full of useful information that can apply to your PC-BSD system.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.freebsd.org/|txt=FreeBSD Forums}}: many PC-BSD® problems are related to the underlying FreeBSD operating system. The FreeBSD forums are very active and full of useful information that can apply to your PC-BSD® system.
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* {{citelink|url=http://forums.bsdnexus.com/|txt=BSD Nexus}}: contains categories for each of the BSD operating systems as well as general BSD information.
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* {{citelink|url=http://www.bsdforen.de/index.php|txt=BSD Foren}}: these forums are in German and contain many categories for each of the BSD operating systems.
  
* [http://forums.bsdnexus.com/ BSD Nexus]: contains categories for each of the BSD operating systems as well as general BSD information.
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* {{citelink|url=http://board.pc-bsd.de/portal.php|txt=PC-BSD.de}}: provides another German forum.
  
* [http://www.bsdforen.de/index.php? BSD Foren]: these forums are in German and contain many categories for each of the BSD operating systems.
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* {{citelink|url=http://freebsd.mx/foro/|txt=FreeBSD Mexican Community}}: these forums are in Mexican Spanish and contain categories for the FreeBSD operating system.
  
* [http://freebsd.mx/foro/ FreeBSD Mexican Community]: these forums are in Mexican Spanish and contain categories for the FreeBSD operating system.
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* {{citelink|url=http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/viewforum.php?f=45|txt=BSD Guru PC-BSD® Forum}}: this forum is in Polish and is specific to PC-BSD®, forums for the other BSD operating systems are also available at {{citelink|url=http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/|txt=BSD Guru}}.
  
* [http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/viewforum.php?f=45 BSD Guru PC-BSD Forum]: this forum is in Polish and is specific to PC-BSD. Additional Polish forums for the other BSD operating systems are available [http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/ here].
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The PC-BSD® Forums[1] contain a wealth of information, tips and solutions which you can access from a web browser. There are many active members and you will find that most questions are replied to quickly. If you are having problems with something on your PC-BSD® system, try using the forum's search utility. You will often find that someone else has posted a similar question and that other users have responded with a fix or a how-to.

The Forums have been categorized, allowing users to skim through the categories that interest them while learning some things along the way. You do not have to create a login account in order to search or read through the forums. However, if you wish to ask or answer a question on a forum or subscribe to a forum or a thread (to be automatically notified when a new post is added), you will need to be logged in. To subscribe to a forum, open the page for the forum and select Forum Tools ➜ Subscribe to this Forum. You will be prompted to choose how often to be notified whenever a post is added to the forum. If you wish to subscribe to a specific post, open the post and select Thread Tools ➜ Subscribe to this Thread. You will be notified whenever someone responds to that post.

The current categories and the forum descriptions are described below:

The General category contains the following forums:

  • Announcements[2]: this is a read only forum containing announcements of new releases and news related to PC-BSD®. Subscribing to this forum is a good way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about PC-BSD®.
  • General Questions[3]: use this forum if your question does not fit into any of the other forum categories.
  • The Lounge[4]: this is a general discussion area for PC-BSD® users. Posts in this forum are not of a technical nature. Posts should be of interest to other PC-BSD® users and not contain any mature or slanderous content.
  • Advocacy[5]: this is a brainstorming area for promoting PC-BSD®.
  • Guides[6]: this forum contains how-tos and guides for performing specific tasks on PC-BSD®.
  • Tips and Tricks[7]: this forum contains suggestions for configuring and tweaking your PC-BSD® system.
  • Books on PC-BSD®[8]: this forum contains errata and discussion for published books about PC-BSD®.

The PC-BSD® Software (PBI files) category allows PBI developers to become aware of any problems with current PBIs and to receive requests for software that should be made into a PBI. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. The forums in this category include:

  • PBI Discussion[10]: a general discussion area for resolving PBI problem reports. If you have a problem installing or using a PBI, post the details in this forum.
  • PBI Requests[11]: do you have a favorite application that is not currently available as a PBI? You can request it in this forum. Be sure to read the Readme first[12] post if this is your first PBI request.
  • Finished PBIs[13]: once a new PBI is created as the result of a PBI request, the original request is moved to this forum.
  • Port Requests[14]: do you have a favorite application that is not currently available as a FreeBSD port? You can request it here. If someone does make a port it can also be converted into a PBI, as PBIs are based on FreeBSD ports. Again, read the Readme first[15] file if this is your first port request.

The Support category deals with the following types of support questions. PC-BSD® developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD®. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post.

  • General Bug Reports[16]: if you are having a problem on your PC-BSD® system that does not match any of the other forum categories, you can report it here. Read any posts marked as "sticky" (they will always be at the top of the forum) if this is your first bug report.
  • Installing PC-BSD®[17]: if you are having problems installing PC-BSD®, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  • Startup Bug Reports[18]: if you have been able to install PC-BSD® but are having problems booting into PC-BSD®, post the details of your problem in this forum.
  • Usage Bug Reports[19]: if you are having problems performing a task or using the software that was installed with your PC-BSD® system, post the details of your problem to this forum.

The Hardware Support category is for reporting hardware-related problems. PC-BSD® developers are subscribed to this list so they can help determine what is causing the problem, and if a fix is made available, can commit it for the next version of PC-BSD®. If you start a post in any of these forums, subscribe to it so you can be notified of any responses to your post. Be sure to read the README first[22] before posting.

  • General Support[23]: if your hardware problem does not match any of the other forum categories, post the details of your problem in this forum.
  • Graphics Cards[24]: if you are having problems with your video card settings, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  • Sound and Multimedia[25]: if you are having problems with sound or in playing multimedia such as CDs or videos, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  • Networking[26]: if you are having problems using or configuring a network interface, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  • Laptops[27]: if you are having problems with power management or other laptop-specific issues, post the details of your problem to this forum.
  • Drives[28]: if you are having problems accessing or formatting CD, DVD, USB or hard drives, post the details of your problem to this forum.

The Development category contains the following forums:

  • Feature Requests[30]: do you have an idea for a feature that you would like to be available in PC-BSD®? This is the forum to request it.
  • Translations[31]: this is a discussion area for translators who localize PC-BSD® menus or translate PC-BSD® documentation.
  • PC-BSD® Installer[33]: this is a discussion area for feature requests and testing of the PC-BSD® installation program.

The Testing category is for PC-BSD® beta testers to report problems found in upcoming versions of PC-BSD®. It contains the following forums:

  • General Testing[34]: if your problem is not related to one of the following desktop environments, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read the sticky threads first as they contain useful information about beta testing and any known issues with the testing snapshot.
  • KDE[35]: if your problem is related to the KDE desktop or KDE applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[36] for instructions before posting.
  • Gnome[37]: if your problem is related to the GNOME desktop or GNOME applications, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[38] for instructions before posting.
  • XFCE[39]: if your problem is related to the XFCE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[40] for instructions before posting.
  • LXDE[41]: if your problem is related to the LXDE desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[42] for instructions before posting.
  • Fluxbox[43]: if your problem is related to the Fluxbox desktop, report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[44] for instructions before posting.
  • Ports Testers[45]: if your problem is related to a FreeBSD package or port, you can report the problem in this forum. Be sure to read README first[46] for instructions before posting.

The International category contains forums for non-English speakers for PC-BSD® related discussions in their native language. Each forum has its own categories for organizing posts. The following forums are available:

While logged into the forums, a link called "UserCP" will appear in the upper left hand corner. This is your control panel and it contains many settings to customize your forums experience. You should review the settings in your Control Panel.

Before asking a question on the forums or starting a new thread, first use the search utility to see if a similar thread already exists. If one does, you can add to the conversation by using the "Reply" button. If you find a thread useful, feel free to click the "Thanks" button to let the original poster know that you benefited from their knowledge.

If a similar thread does not already exist, review the forum categories to determine which one is the best fit for your post. When creating a new thread, use a useful "Title" name to describe your problem or question -- remember, other users may be researching a similar issue and you want them to find your thread. Include enough details in your message so that others can quickly understand what you are experiencing -- otherwise, they will have to ask you additional questions to understand your problem. Make sure you are subscribed to your thread so that you will receive a notification when someone responds to it.

You can ask a question by clicking on the "New Thread" button in the forum category that most closely matches your question. For example, if you are having problems with your video settings, you should create a new thread in the "Graphics Card" forum. If you do not see a category that matches your question, try the "General Support" category.

In addition to the forums available from the PC-BSD® Forums website, the following forums may assist you in troubleshooting your PC-BSD® system:

  • FreeBSD Forums[52]: many PC-BSD® problems are related to the underlying FreeBSD operating system. The FreeBSD forums are very active and full of useful information that can apply to your PC-BSD® system.
  • BSD Nexus[53]: contains categories for each of the BSD operating systems as well as general BSD information.
  • BSD Foren[54]: these forums are in German and contain many categories for each of the BSD operating systems.

References


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  14. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73
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  20. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=14
  21. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=12938
  22. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13753
  23. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=27
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  25. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=30
  26. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=31
  27. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=32
  28. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=33
  29. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=13
  30. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=15
  31. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=19
  32. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=25
  33. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=26
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  36. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13636
  37. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67
  38. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13637
  39. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=68
  40. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13638
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  44. http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13640
  45. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=72
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  49. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=41
  50. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=80
  51. http://forums.pcbsd.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39
  52. http://forums.freebsd.org/
  53. http://forums.bsdnexus.com/
  54. http://www.bsdforen.de/index.php
  55. http://board.pc-bsd.de/portal.php
  56. http://freebsd.mx/foro/
  57. http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/viewforum.php?f=45
  58. http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/
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