DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-11
Hello everyone! I got my AMD64 box today! Yeh!
The first order of business will be to make it work with a standard
boot and standard peripherals. I enabled netbooting and it got half
way through a standard (32 bit) boot right off the bat before panic'ing
so that's a very good sign! It recognized the USB and IEEE-1594 ports
and found something like five or six PCI busses, though I've no idea
whether any of it actually works yet.
There are a lot of new things in this system including a new way to
configure APICs, SATA drives, and of course 64 bit mode, so I hope
to get all these things up to snuff in the next few weeks. To kill
a flock of birds with one stone so to speak.
I almost had a heart attack hooking it up, though... I put the thing
together and then realize I hadn't gotten any ram for it! Oh no! But
it turns out that the EPIA M-9000 boxes use the same kind of DDR SDRAM
that the AMD uses so, whew!
The alpha and Itanium non-withstanding, the AMD64 is the first 'consumer'
64 bit machine in mass production. I am already impressed!