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Old 10-22-2006, 02:48 PM
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Default Can I install freeBSD on i386 ?
Hi. I will try install freeBSD on old 386 PC, but I don't know if the OS support it (yes, I know. This is a PC-BSD forum, but there are a lot of people skilled about PC-BSD´s soul = freeBSD)

In http://www.michael-and-mary.net/PC-BSD/ ... CUSTKERNEL
I saw the following kernel options:

# $FreeBSD: src/sys/i386/conf/GENERIC,v 1.413.2.13 2005/04/02 16:37:58 scottl Exp $

machine i386
#cpu I486_CPU
#cpu I586_CPU
cpu I686_CPU
ident CUSTKERNEL

There isn´t a "cpu I386_CPU" option.
Can I add it ?

(That´s a PC-BSD kernel options Not freeBSD kernel options, but I guess both are the same)

Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2006, 04:02 PM
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Hi, no, it won't work
http://docs.pcbsd.org/guide/chap2.1.html
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Originally Posted by FreeBSD Handbook
FreeBSD for the i386 requires a 486 or better processor to install and run (although FreeBSD can run on 386 processors with a custom kernel) and at least 24 MB of RAM. You will need at least 150MB of free hard drive space for the most minimal installation. See below for ways of shrinking existing DOS partitions in order to install FreeBSD.

If you are not familiar with configuring hardware for FreeBSD, you should be sure to read the HARDWARE.TXT file; it contains important information on what hardware is supported by FreeBSD.
I wouldn't mind a old 80386/80387 pair for an upgrade, but I think my brain still runs a pair of 8088s so I don't have on board math-coprocessors ether. :-)
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Hi. TerryP.
Thanks.
I will search the "FreeBSD Handbook". I hope to find the instructions about compile a 386 kernel.
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Might also want to try the mailing lists
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