Can FreeBSD be installed on DellPowerEdge2800 ?

Art Mason amason at
Tue Mar 1 22:48:19 GMT 2005

Indeed, just installed on a customer's server last night, and I build 
SMP support into the GENERIC kernel this morning.  Only issues I 
encountered has to do w/ recognizing the full 4GB of RAM, but this 
apparently has some compatibility issues w/ the amr driver.
As per Holger's comments about disabling USB in BIOS, this is a good 
suggestion, since the DRAC apparently causes some IRQ issues w/ the PS/2 
keyboard controller, or something along those lines.  Regardless, these 
2850 boxes are stupid fast, and I'm looking forward to benchmarking 5.3 
on them.


Art Mason
Technical Support - Team F
Rackspace Managed Hosting
(800) 961-4454 ext. 4290
amason at

Kipp Holger wrote:
> On Tue 01.03.2005 17:49, lhmwzy wrote:
> Please reply to hk at alogis dot com. This is not my native
> account.
>>Subject: Can FreeBSD be installed on DellPowerEdge2800 ? 
> Yes
>>Anybody did this?
> Yes.
>>Any help is appreciateed?
> Boot from FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE-CD and install. No problems
> so far. You might want to disable USB within BIOS, though,
> because they seem to be shared with other critical devices
> (nics and raidcontroller). But I don't use USB anyway.
> Then you might want to upgrade to 5-STABLE.
> This is on Dell PowerEdge 2800 with 2GB ECC RAM,
> 4 x 36GB SCSI and amrd-Controller (PERC-4-something).
> Binary copy of SAP 4.6C and Oracle 8 (from a working
> installation on FreeBSD 4.x) works nearly without changes
> (using emulators/linux_base-suse-9.1 and one additional
> rpm (some compatibility-thing)).
> Regards,
> Holger Kipp
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