FreeBSD 7 and ESXi

Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at
Mon Oct 13 21:29:48 PDT 2008

On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 08:58:00PM -0700, Brian wrote:
> scuba at wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> 	I'm facing some problems trying to install a FreeBSD  
>> 7.0-RELEASE-amd64, on a Dell PE 2950III, dual Xeon Quad core, 8GB RAM.
>> 	After (FBSD) boot menu count down, it shows a dump of the CPU  
>> registers and a message: BTX Halted. No matter what is changed in VM  
>> setup.
>> 	It does not happen with i386 version.
>> 	Which is the best release to install in this box? Should I go ahead 
>> with i386?
>> Thank you,
> With 8 gigs of ram that really isn't an option, 4 gigs or more requires  
> a 64 bit OS.

Well he already tried amd64 and received a panic in the bootloader.  :-)
I think I know what might be causing that.

Also, he does have the option of using i386 PAE to address more memory
while in x86 mode, but ideally he should be running amd64.

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