FreeBSD Hardware compatibility List (HCL)

by on January 31, 2006 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED November 29, 2007

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Q. Can you list or tell the location of FreeBSD hardware compatibility list?

A. If you are not able to find out HCL then it is available online. Here are direct links to FreeBSD Hardware compatibility List html document. FreeBSD 6.0 Hardware compatibility List (HCL), it include following topics

  • Disk Controllers
  • Ethernet Interfaces
  • Token Ring Interfaces
  • FDDI Interfaces
  • ATM Interfaces
  • Wireless Network Interfaces
  • Miscellaneous Networks
  • ISDN Interfaces
  • Serial Interfaces
  • Sound Devices
  • Camera and Video Capture Devices
  • USB Devices
  • IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Devices
  • Bluetooth Devices
  • Cryptographic Accelerators
  • Miscellaneous
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Also general discussion about the types of hardware that FreeBSD runs on, various problems and suggestions concerning what to buy or avoid: http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-hardware

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1 kahlil January 21, 2007 at 4:58 am

hi to everyone!

I’ve been searching on the net to find which Linux distribution is compatible with the Toshiba satellite A105-S4274 and if the hardwares are compatible with this laptop and how to make 2 partitions ( one for xp pro and the second for the Linux. can someone give me any advice and help?

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2 ifrance August 21, 2007 at 8:29 pm

You could run a live cd version of Knoppix or ubuntu, they should identify your hardware with no problem. (download their iso files and burn them onto a cd) knoppix.com ubuntu.com
First you should save all your existing data onto CDs (in case of problems you could always reinstall windows and create at least 2 partitions.)
But with Knoppix and Ubuntu live you can resize your windows partition with Knoppix program Qparted (using the GUI: easy). Once the new partition made for your future linux installation, you can proceed with installation on HD, -make sure you install linux on the free partition- A very friendly installation with Debian, which like Ubuntu, identifies Win and lets you create the number of partitions you want (in case you want to put / root /home and swap on different partitions.
http://www.uk.debian.org/
best recommanded trying on an old machine to use partitioning, but no worries everything should be fine.
Then, buy a book to learn the shell : Linux+ 2005 in Depth ISBN 1-59200-728-7 Thompson Course Technology and enjoy linux.

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