amd64 or i386 for desktop use?

aline aline at
Wed Mar 5 22:25:56 UTC 2008

On Wed, 5 Mar 2008, alive wrote:

> On Wed, 5 Mar 2008 18:13:03 +0100, Roland Smith <rsmith at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:36:33AM -0500, Isaac Mushinsky wrote:
>>> I have new hardware (Abit ip35-pro, Intel Q6600), and was contemplating
>>> installing FreeBSD/arch, but now realise that I am going to have some
>>> problems.
>>> My nvidia card will not be of much use (GeForce 8500GT), since
>> nvidia-drivers
>>> are not there for amd64, and the open source nv driver does not even
>> support
>>> XVideo extension for these cards. I can downgrade to a nv 7xxx series
>> card,
>>> which works better with the open driver. I do not mind loss of 3D
>> support,
>>> but would need basic things like mplayer.
>> Any ATI card up to and including the 9250 (rv280) is fully supported on
>> amd64, 3D and all. (I know because I've got one :-)
> Oh, is that so? Could you please tell me how you got it to work? Because
> I've got GREAT issues getting *ANY* ATI card to work with at least
> Composite on FreeBSD and/or Linux. And I've even got i386. Or has something
> happened since I last cried myself to sleep over this driverless hell?
> --
> Sincerely,
> Rada
I own a Radeon 9600 pro and with the xf86-video-ati from git tree I can 
get 3D and even tv-out through xrandr. I believe that that the new 6.8.0 
(which still is not in the ports tree) We'll gona be able to have 
everything (3D, tv-out) out-of-the-box in the same way as the git one.

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