[Fwd: Re: i386 on AMD64 architecture]
northg at shaw.ca
Sun Sep 25 15:33:20 PDT 2005
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Subject: Re: i386 on AMD64 architecture
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 15:10:35 -0700
From: Graham North <northg at shaw.ca>
To: Micah <micahjon at ywave.com>
References: <433705B5.4020004 at shaw.ca> <43370B4B.8090501 at ywave.com>
<43370D4F.8040008 at shaw.ca> <433718AF.10109 at ywave.com>
Graphics is not a priority for my desktop applications - as long as it
has something reasonable for desktop apps. I am also happy to use a
standalone NIC for the time being (and have a spare:--)) I am in the
due diligence mode for the hardware at the moment. It is actually
tough finding what I want because ideally my preference would be an matx
form factor to fit in a small case. All the matx boards which I have
looked at so far seem to have k8m800 Northbridge which does not seem to
be well supported in BSD - somebody please put me right if I am
wrong..!! or else nvidia, or sis760 - none of these seem to be solid
with BSD. So that leaves the k8T800 or K8T890.
If someone knows of a good 754 or 939 micro atx board which works well
on Freebsd then please let me know.
I am choosing the 64 architecture because later in its life I hope to
retire this board to a light duty server and would like the Cool 'n
Quiet features of the A64 architecture.
> Graham North wrote:
>> Thanks Micah!
>> Which version of FBSD are you using? Your choice of MB looks pretty
>> solid. Can you recommend a good, supported (and cheap) video card
>> as the A8V-E does not seem to have video.
>> Thanks again, Graham/
> I'm using 5.4-RELEASE-p7 for the i386 install and 5.4-RELEASE for the
> AMD64 install. As for video, no particular recommendation. I have an
> ATI X300 SE by MSI. It's a cheap ($60) PCI-EX card. Unfortunately it
> has no graphics acceleration under FreeBSD/XORG so I might as well
> have bought a cheaper PCI card. :) Other caveats: I've read that the
> onboard NIC isn't compatible yet and I haven't tried the onboard wifi
> or sata since I don't have any equipment to test them with. I saw
> some messages in one of the freebsd lists that indicates /someone/ is
> working on the NIC though.
>> Micah wrote:
>>> Graham North wrote:
>>>> It is my understanding that the AMD 64 family supports 32-bit i386
>>>> code completely...can someone confirm this.
>>>> I would like to stay with 32 bit for the time being but run it on a
>>>> new MB using an AMD64 architecture. Should I therefore be simply
>>>> installing an i386 iso as though it is on an Intel machine? Will
>>>> the i386 iso then have full support for AMD specific drivers such
>>>> as the k8t800? I noticed from this link
>>>> http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/amd64/motherboards.html THAT the
>>>> the VIA K8T800 and K8T890 seem to be reasonably supported whereas
>>>> not many other current AMD Northbridges are (note however that
>>>> this support is for AMD64 iso).
>>>> Any pearls of wisdom much appreciated. No I do not wish to install
>>>> as 64 bit at this time...
>>>> Thanks, Graham/
>>> You'll probably get a lot of responses on this one. I'm currently
>>> running the i386 FreeBSD on an Ahtlon 64 as my desktop. I also have
>>> the 64 bit installed on a seperate partition to experiment with. I
>>> have an A8V-E mobo that has the K8T890. Works just fine except an
>>> occasional glitch while booting freezes the system. I've read it's
>>> an ACPI thing, but since I rarely reboot I've not bothered to
>>> disable ACPI.
Kindness can be infectious - try it.
Kindness can be infectious - try it.
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