AMD A series support

Fernando Apesteguía fernando.apesteguia at
Thu Aug 27 15:38:48 UTC 2015

On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 7:52 AM, Matthias Petermann <matthias at> wrote:
> Hello Fernando,
> some months ago I had a Lenovo E145 which was backed by a E1-2500.
> While I cannot tell you much about your original question, you might
> want to take a special attention at the wireless chipset of this AMD
> platform devices. It seems most of them are using Broadcom devices which
> are poorly supported. Mine was using a Broadcom Chipset which required
> the Broadcom STA driver which was available for (Debian) Linux, but
> completely unsupported on FreeBSD. After failing with wrapping the
> Windows Driver with NDISWrapper ultimately I tried to use a USB
> Wireless Dongle (Realtek). While this was working, I was unsatisfied
> with the throughput, so I decided to sell the Laptop and bought a used
> X220 where everything works out of the Box.

I usually don't use the wireless card (lack of habit I suppose), but
it's good to know anyway.

I Googled this question and found some information that suggest that
the OS needs to support this. This project is an example:

Other interesting links:


> Best regards,
> Matthias
> Am 2015-08-23 20:18, schrieb Fernando Apesteguía:
>> Hi all,
>> I am thinking of changing my old laptop and a friend of mine talk to
>> me about the AMD A series. He uses Linux and his experience is good so
>> far.
>> I have a couple of questions I hope you can help me with:
>> -  Does the combined use of the different Compute Cores (CPU + GPU) to
>> share workloads need a special support in the OS (in the scheduler for
>> instance)? If that is the case, how well supported are these APU's in
>> FreeBSD?
>> - Do we have any software in the ports that can monitor the use of
>> both CPU + GPU cores?
>> Thanks.
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