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Date:      Wed, 21 Feb 2007 15:05:42 -0500
From:      Bill Moran <wmoran@collaborativefusion.com>
To:        "Aard Nerd" <aard.nerd@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: 64-bits platform question
Message-ID:  <20070221150542.545e90b8.wmoran@collaborativefusion.com>
In-Reply-To: <001501c755ef$cda7a810$9bd3dcc9@etecsad75a3279>
References:  <001501c755ef$cda7a810$9bd3dcc9@etecsad75a3279>

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In response to "Aard Nerd" <aard.nerd@gmail.com>:

> Hi list, as far as I know Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel 
> Extended Memory 64 Technology, or Intel EM64T) enables 64-bit computing on 
> desktop when combined with supporting software. If I am right, 64-bit 
> computing (on Intel architecture) requires a computer system with a 
> processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications 
> enabled for Intel EM64T architecture. So I bought an ASUS P4P800-VM with a 
> 3.0GHz processor that supports Intel EM64T and 1Gb of Infineon PC3200 RAM 
> memory. The system is ok...so why I can't install BSD 64 bits with my system 
> ???

You provided no details, but I'm guessing you're trying to install the ia64
version of FreeBSD on an EM64T system.  They are not compatible.

The EM64T technology is compatible with the amd64 platform.  The amd64
version of FreeBSD will work perfectly with EM64T systems.

On a side note -- a LOT of people have been making this mistake recently.
Can anyone think of a way to make it more obvious that people are downloading
the wrong isos?

-- 
Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.



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