John Baldwin jhb at
Mon Apr 25 15:12:34 PDT 2005

On Apr 16, 2005, at 7:05 AM, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:

> "O. Hartmann" <ohartman at> writes:
>> My question si: how to force nVidia delivering the needed
>> informations? It should be an aspect of customer demand. nVidia
>> earns money with each sold nForce based motherboard and each GForce
>> based graphics card and the better the support, the more they can
>> sell.
> Why would they care about FreeBSD users?  Unlike Linux, FreeBSD has
> approximately zero brainshare in the computer press, and unlike
> FreeBSD, Linux runs perfectly well on nForce chipsets.  In fact, the
> Asus SK8N which David loathes is "Linux-certified".  If I didn't
> already know that FreeBSD is perfect and flawless and that David is
> the Christ reborn, I'd be tempted to conclude that there is something
> wrong with FreeBSD (or David), not with the nForce chipset.

The problem is that FreeBSD tries to still use IRQ 0 and use mixed 
mode.  Both Linux and Windows use the lapic timer instead of IRQ 0 
which 6.0 now does.  We just weren't being Windowsy enough, and almost 
all BIOS writers, etc. use "boots on Windows" as their QA test.

John Baldwin <jhb at>  <><
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