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Date:      Fri, 06 Oct 2006 10:08:19 -0700
From:      Paul Lathrop <plathrop@squaretrade.com>
To:        Chuck Swiger <cswiger@mac.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: PAE tuning
Message-ID:  <45268D83.6030100@squaretrade.com>
In-Reply-To: <9AEC0B71-516A-444F-B9A3-927CC37EBF07@mac.com>
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Chuck Swiger wrote:
> Oh, yes, one more thought-- your specific application, i.e. a large 
> database, is one where running in 64-bit mode is highly likely to 
> result in improved performance compared with running the OS in 32-bit 
> mode.  If you've got a AMD64 or EM64T capable CPU, consider installing 
> the 64-bit version of FreeBSD instead of the normal 32-bit x86 version.
>
> ---Chuck
Chuck,

I've heard this idea a few times in answer to my question. Is there a 64 
bit Intel distro I'm missing? I saw someone suggesting I use the AMD64 
version, but when I attempt to boot that from the install disk I get 
some debugging output and a message saying "BTX halted" - I suspect that 
means I can't follow that suggestion...

Thanks again for all your help!

--Paul



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