XFree86 on laptop Dell inspiron 2650
jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Mon May 12 12:14:18 PDT 2003
> Fabio Miranda Hamburger wrote:
> > Hi.
> > I love unix and freebsd and I would like to install it on my laptop but I
> > would like to know if it is waste of time install freebsd on a laptop.
> > I know how stable and flexible is freebsd on servers but I dont know if i
> > am wasting m time trying to set up X on a system that is not prepared for
> > that.
> > Is practical to instgall freebsd on a laptop? or it is better to choose XP
> > or linux ?
> > Where ca n i get howtos for freebsd on laptop?
As long as the laptop hardware is supported, you should have no problem.
Lots of people run FreeBSd on their laptops - and some even make dual boots
with other OSes such as MSWin (just for fun - can't imagine any useful reason).
The documentation would be the handbook and supported hardware lists
on the FreeBSD site. Also, there are things on other web sites with
people discussion their experience with configuration, etc. Use Google
to find those.
As for the response below, I don't understand what it has to do with the
question. Maybe he had too many windows open and got confused with which
one he was responding to.
> > ---
> > Fabio Andres Miranda
> > Ingenieria de sistemas informaticos
> > Universidad Latina - Costa Rica
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> I recently did a diskless setup using the Dell 2650. That is, having my
> server do most of the work such as the scheme of diskless setups. The
> kernel ran wonderfully, you'll have to compile a kernel just for the
> 2650 being sure to turn off the EISA option or the kernal hangs.
> Once the diskless setup was done and its kernel created the 2650 ran
> like a charm and it even ran X like a champ.
> As far as how-tos, just follow the same process to install it on a
> regular system. To get the sound going you'll have to enable the PCM
> device/option as mentioned in the multimedia section of the manual. I
> didn't try to set up the modem as it wasn't a requirement of mine. Nor
> did I tweak X enough so that when you exited it the screen would return
> to normal. It was scrambled so I would have to reboot to correct the
> Anyway have at it and best of luck.
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