getting an amd64 system

Brooks Davis brooks at
Tue Sep 7 15:15:28 PDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 06, 2004 at 07:55:35PM -0700, murrayp at wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm thinking of purchasing a new amd64 system.	I have used freeBSD on an
> amd64 for about 4-5 months now, so I am somewhat familiar with it, but I
> only know a bit.  I am going to put freeBSD5.2.1 on the new system and I
> have a few concerns about some of the hardware on this new system:
> 1) This system comes with a DVDRW drive, I assume that burning DVD's is well
> defined (possible) by now is it?

burncd(8) should work for the actual burning.  We don't currently have
support for DVD+-RW optimized file systems.

> 2) I'm getting an Asus Radeon 9600XT 128MB AGP w/DVI for my video card.  Is
> this supported, or is this a big mistake?  If so, is there a comparable
> video card that is supported?

I'm not really up on video hardware support, but just about everything
will work with X.  Accelleration may be another story.

> 3) I am connecting to a wireless network.  Is WiFi supported in 5.2.1? for
> any of the cards out there?  If not, is WiFi supported in FreeBSD, period
> (ie: for any systems, including an i386, etc?)

Many wireless devices are supported natively.  The rest are generally
supported in i386 mode using ndis(4) (aka project evil).  Once 64-bit
Windows support becomes common, amd64 ndis support will probably happen.

-- Brooks

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