On Wednesday 25 August 2004 06:16 pm, Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. wrote: > Riki wrote: > >Hi, > > > >I would like to know if FreeBSD could work on my PC. I noticed a lot of > >stuff about supported architectures, but that isn't my language yet and I > >can't tell if my computer fits into one of them or not. I would really > >appreciate your assistance. > > > >I have a pentium 4, intell processor. I have windows xp on one hard drive > >and I would like to put your software on the other. > > > >Thanks, > > > >Erika > > The Intel Pentiums, AMD Durons & Athlons, Via C3s ... and so > many more, are all (x86) architecture. Your Pentium IV is likely > a "686" class CPU [unless they've upped the ante again ;-) ] > > As someone else said, more likely to be at issue are your > hardware peripherals, particularly modems and propietary > USB devices. USB devices that adhere to standards [like > umass for storage] are fine. Some people have to jump through > a few hoops for USB scanners and some cameras though; it seems > to depend on what kind they are. If you have some expensive peripherals, > (maybe if you're a photographer, for example), you might Google for > "FreeBSD <<nameofmycamera>> Problems" ... if you find that some > device causes some issues, you might not be ready to run FreeBSD. > Of course, your next statement may mitigate some of that danger. > > You said, "windows xp on one hard drive" and FreeBSD "on the other"; > you'll be doing what's called "dual booting". You'll want to research > the "how to" of doing that somewhat carefully. Although FreeBSD's > "boot manager" can handle this situation if Windows doesn't interfere > with it, the possibility exists that it might. There are a number of other > "boot manger" programs (GRUB, LILO, GAG are three) that might help > with this issue as well. > > Welcome to FreeBSD! > > Kevin Kinsey > _______________________________________________ > [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to > "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"
I've mentioned it in replies to other users, but it bears repeating. I recommend mobile racks instead of dual-booting. I stopped dual-booting in 1994 after MicroShit blew away one too many partitions. I now use mobile racks and I remove the MicroShit disk, which is in a front panel removable tray, and I slid in FreeBSD, or Linux, or anything else on a different tray. And I have two hardware identical boxes, so if one takes a dive, I can move the drives to the other box and whammo, I'm back in business. Mobile racks I use are only $35/US. Money well spent. And as I've pointed out in other mails, one box can then be used with a drive that you can experiment on, risking nothing more than having to rebuild that drive, and your production drive can be safely on the shelf while you learn new things. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"