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Beginning with version 9.1, the PC-BSD® installer allows you to quickly determine if your system's video card, Ethernet card, wireless device, and sound card are compatible with PC-BSD®.
  
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A "Hardware Compatibility" icon in Control Panel provides a quick overview of the system's detected hardware. To start the application, double-click its icon in Control Panel or type '''pc-sysinstaller -checkhardware'''.
  
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In the example shown in Figure 8.4a, this system has a detected NVIDIA video card with a configured resolution of 1600x900, one Ethernet device using the {{citelink|url=http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=em&apropos=0&sektion=4|txt=em(4)}} driver, and one wireless device using the {{citelink|url=http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=iwn&apropos=0&sektion=4|txt=iwn(4)}} driver. Currently no sound card is detected, meaning that the user should configure and test their sound card using the [[Sound Configuration]] icon in Control Panel.
  
Most hardware should work with PC-BSD, but in some cases, cheap hardware has been reported not to work. If you use mainstream or top-end hardware, such as those that feature VIA or NVIDIA chipsets, it will usually work flawlessly.
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'''Figure 8.4a: Sample Hardware Compatibility'''
  
To ensure your hardware is supported, check the [http://www.freebsd.org/releases/8.1R/hardware.html FreeBSD 8.1 Hardware List].
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If the wireless device shows as unsupported, check the [[Wireless Testing]] page to help determine if a driver is forthcoming or if the device is well suited to converting a Windows driver into a FreeBSD loadable module.
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Hardware that is currently incompatible may show with a green checkbox after a system upgrade or update. This indicates that the update added the driver for the device.
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Revision as of 05:26, 30 October 2012

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

Beginning with version 9.1, the PC-BSD® installer allows you to quickly determine if your system's video card, Ethernet card, wireless device, and sound card are compatible with PC-BSD®.

A "Hardware Compatibility" icon in Control Panel provides a quick overview of the system's detected hardware. To start the application, double-click its icon in Control Panel or type pc-sysinstaller -checkhardware.

In the example shown in Figure 8.4a, this system has a detected NVIDIA video card with a configured resolution of 1600x900, one Ethernet device using the em(4)[1] driver, and one wireless device using the iwn(4)[2] driver. Currently no sound card is detected, meaning that the user should configure and test their sound card using the Sound Configuration icon in Control Panel.

Figure 8.4a: Sample Hardware Compatibility

Hardware.png

If the wireless device shows as unsupported, check the Wireless Testing page to help determine if a driver is forthcoming or if the device is well suited to converting a Windows driver into a FreeBSD loadable module.

Hardware that is currently incompatible may show with a green checkbox after a system upgrade or update. This indicates that the update added the driver for the device.

References


  1. http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=em&apropos=0&sektion=4
  2. http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=iwn&apropos=0&sektion=4
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