This might be an issue with the laptop I am using as I had issues with NomadBSD.
normal install with graphical user interface until it got up to installing the "midnightBSD-graphical-interface" package(I probably have the name of that wrong, just pulling it out of memory) it said it failed because it requires bash. So I did "mport install bash" with success and rebooted.
on reboot I get the login screen(the graphical one). after logging in I get a flash of what might be the desktop but then the screen goes black.Possibly unsupported resolution? I am using a Dell Latitude E6430 for reference.
There is no .xinitrc in my root or my user's account home dir. When you say "create an .xinitrc," I hear "use vi to make a file containing the one thing I just told you to put in it." Is that really what you meant?
Newer releases should create one automatically as it's in /usr/share/skel now. If you upgraded, you can copy it from that directory.
For older releases, you do need to create the file using a text editor, although it doesn't have to be vi. In the base system, ee or mined are easier to use for most people, or you could install nano from packages.