AMD64 vs i386 for FreeBSD

Remi MrL0L at
Tue Jun 29 18:28:44 PDT 2004

Just to clarify exactly what you mean. I can the x86 version of BSD with no
changes to the BIOS, jumpers or anything on an AMD64? 

Sorry in advanced if this is a stupid question, Ive never dealt with
anything but x86

-----Original Message-----
From: Kenneth Culver [mailto:culverk at] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 7:31 AM
To: Remi
Cc: 'Brooks Davis'; 'Michal Pasternak'; questions at;
current at; 'David O'Brien'
Subject: RE: AMD64 vs i386 for FreeBSD

Quoting Remi <MrL0L at>:

> Well I just got an email back from the manufacturer of the AMD64 laptop I
> wanted to buy. Im not sure how it works when switching 64 to i386, but
> say it's not supported in the BIOS(I assume this is where it is suppose to
> be changed) So now I come to a cross roads:
> 1. Buy a 1.7 Centrino
> 2. Buy a P4 2.8GHz w/ HT
> 3. Buy the AMD64 laptop
> What is the state of the AMD64 version of BSD? Other than that im leaning
> toward the 1.7GHz Centrino, but I hear a lot of problems with FreeBSD
> working right with Centrino, is this correct? What are the issues?
It runs OK, with some minor nits compared to x86 version. I'm not sure 
what the
laptop maker is talking about... but if you boot the x86 version of FreeBSD,
it'll work. I think they meant you can't switch from amd64 to x86 after 
booting an OS.


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