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Date:      Sun, 31 Dec 2006 20:05:20 +0100
From:      Erik Trulsson <ertr1013@student.uu.se>
To:        Oliver Iberien <odilist@sonic.net>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: What is involved in switching from i386 to AMD64?
Message-ID:  <20061231190520.GA19424@owl.midgard.homeip.net>
In-Reply-To: <200612311040.38067.odilist@sonic.net>
References:  <200612311040.38067.odilist@sonic.net>

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On Sun, Dec 31, 2006 at 10:40:37AM -0800, Oliver Iberien wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> What actually needs to be done when switching machine architectures? I am 
> facing a motherboard/CPU upgrade following the demise of an Athlon+ setup. (I 
> am running my FreeBSD drive in a P3 while trying to figure this out.)
> 
> Replacing it with an oldish P4 would be easiest but they are rapidly becoming 
> extinct. After much Googling I can't quite figure out what happens if I were 
> to put the FreeBSD i386 HD into a 64-bit system. Nothing? Disaster? Do I 
> totally have the wrong end of the stick? I'd be grateful for any advice.

Since the AMD64 architecture is completely backwards-compatible with the
older i386 architecture, the i386 version of FreeBSD should work just fine
in the new system.


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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013@student.uu.se



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