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NetBSD/i386 Supported Hardware

The minimal configuration for a NetBSD/i386 system requires 4M of RAM and about 40M of disk space. For a full installation (including source and X11), at least 8M of RAM and 200M of disk space are recommended.

Any i486 or better CPU should work - genuine Intel or a compatible such as Cyrix, AMD, or NexGen.

Devices (driver names in parenthesis) supported by NetBSD/i386 include:

  • Machine-independent drivers for ISA devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for PCI devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for EISA devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for PCMCIA devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for Cardbus devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for ATA devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for SCSI and ATAPI devices.
  • Machine-independent drivers for USB devices
  • Machine-independent drivers for MII devices (IEEE 802.3 Media Independent Interface, typically used for physical media interfaces for FastEthernet controllers)
  • Machine-independent drivers for MCA devices
  • Standard PC floppy controllers (fdc) and drives (fd)
  • Adaptec 284x VLbus SCSI host adapters (ahc)
  • NCR 53C80 port-mapped and memory-mapped SCSI host adapters (nca)
  • The PC speaker (pcppi and sysbeep)
  • Logitech bus mouse (lms)
  • Microsoft InPort mouse (mms)
  • PS/2 mouse (pms)
  • Joysticks on game ports (joy)
  • MDA, CGA, VGA, SVGA and HGC Display Adapters (pccons or wscons). Note: not all of the display adapters supported by NetBSD/i386 will work with X. See the XFree86 FAQ for more information.

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