FreeBSD IA64 5.3/RELEASE on Compaq DL590.

Rick Jones rick.jones2 at
Wed Feb 9 10:20:11 PST 2005

Mark J. Nernberg wrote:
> Has anyone successfully booted IA64 BSD 5.3 on a Compaq DL590 machine?
> The DL590 is a multiprocessor Itanium machine; we just picked one up, and
> I'm having problems booting from the install disk -- all goes OK until it
> gets to "Entering Kernel", at which point it freezes, completely.
> Any help would be most appreciated; if anyone requires more information to
> assist, I will gladly provide it.

I've not been following the BSD stuff closely enough to know, but would ask if 
5.3 still supports "Merced" systems?  IIRC the DL590 was a Merced system - aka 
Itanium1.  While it might be of academic interest, a Merced system isn't really 
one of the best places to be for IA64.  An Itanium2-based system would likely be 
a much better place if you want to get a feel for what Itanium is like.

rick jones

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