Question about hardware support

Matthias Apitz guru at
Wed Dec 7 14:26:21 UTC 2011

El día Wednesday, December 07, 2011 a las 12:54:35PM +0000, Matthew Seaman escribió:

> Drivers in FreeBSD are generally described in terms of the specific
> components (motherboard chipset, NIC, SATA controller, etc. etc.) rather
> than in terms of a specific whole machine produced by a manufacturer.
> Laptops are particularly tricky in this regard, and if no-one else has
> reported on your particular model, generally the best procedure is to
> try booting the device using a USB or CD-Rom image, and see what does
> and doesn't work.

One good method is to let it boot a recent Knoppix DVD and see what chips it
'sees'; it will not touch the installed OS;

Matthias Apitz
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