EM64T chipset and FreeBSD instalation

Bill Moran wmoran at collaborativefusion.com
Tue Jun 13 12:40:29 UTC 2006

On Tue, 13 Jun 2006 11:39:00 -0000 (GMT)
"DSA - JCR" <juancr at dsa.es> wrote:
> I am going to install several NFS server in FreebSD for several customers
> and the computer has the following characteristics:
> - MSI 945PNeo Platinum Main Board, chipset 915P, ICH7R, VIA® 6410, 82573
> PCI-E Gb LAN, PCI Express 16x VGA, VIA® 6307 (IEEE1394)
> - Intel EM64T P4 CPU 3,2Ghz, 800Mhz FSB, 2Mb L2
> - SDRAM 1Gb DDR2
> - HD IDE 80 GB Seagate
> - 2x HD SATA 200Gb Seagate in RAID 1 controlled by the chipset of the
> mainboard.
> I want to install in this system a NFS, Samba, and TCP, in order to make
> possible to use the data on the RAID 1 like a file repository for the
> customer ms windows network, and also get some data files from there homes
> with FTP (I will install pfsense in another small pc).
> I think that I must install the "amd64" flavour of FreeBSD, because it is
> recommended for the EM64T Intel chip. But I don't know if this flacour is
> well tested and if instead of it, i must install the "i386" flavour of
> FreeBSD.

Both i386 and amd64 are tier 1, meaning they are fully supported.

P4 should be able to run in either i386 mode or amd64 mode -- so it's
your choice.

> I have seen also that "amd64" seems doesn't have all the devices drivers
> that "i386" have, so I don't know what to do really.

If the amd64 port doesn't support hardware that you require, then you'll
need to use the i386 port.

> Also I observ that when I run the install CD 1, it recognize the following
> disks:
> - ad0 => the main HD (IDE)
> - ad12 => one of the SATA HD
> - ad8 => the other SATA HD
> - ar8 => ????
> what is this ? I think is the RAID controller because is of logic, but,
> must I create filesystems on the ad12, ad8? or only on ar8? or on all?.

I don't know the answer to this.

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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