Recommended Hardware

Damian Wiest dwiest at
Fri Oct 20 23:47:15 UTC 2006

On Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 05:44:01PM -0500, David Kelly wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 10:44:10PM +0100, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
> > 
> > Those have worked for me so far, and yes, it is labour intensive.
> If it was easy to do right then there wouldn't be any good reason for
> your boss not to hire the kid behind the counter at MacWhopperDoodle
> with a $0.50/hr raise to give your job to him.
> I agree with others. Ask what you want the hardware to do. Make
> selections then research as to whether your selections work well with
> FreeBSD. Don't fill a computer room on guesswork and reading, buy
> samples and test.
> Of particualar areas to pay attention:
> Video controllers. Look for support.
> Disk controllers. Hardware RAID and the latest SATA chipsets may be an
> issue.
> Network interfaces. Most seem to work.
> Motherboard & CPU. FreeBSD seems to run on most any x86 but if you
> expect on board power management and health status you'll have to do
> some research.
> -- 
> David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
> ========================================================================
> Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.
> _______________________________________________

Regarding system boards, make sure you also check out the support for any
on-board components like networks interfaces, RAID controllers, audio and 
video, firewire, etc.

I've got an ASUS K8N-E system board at home, but it uses the NVIDIA chipset
so virtually none of the on-board components function.


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