Running FreeBSD on an Inspiron 5150

This version of the laptop has a 3Ghz Pentium-4 mobile chip, a Radeon 9000 Mobility, a Philips DVD+/-RW, and BroadCom Fast ethernet controller. The display is 14" at 1400x1050. It is running -CURRENT as of December 13th 2004.


The if_bfe driver handles the onboard ethernet interface just fine..
bfe0: <Broadcom BCM4401 Fast Ethernet> mem 0xfaffe000-0xfaffffff irq 9 at device 1.0 on pci2
miibus0: <MII bus> on bfe0
bmtphy0: <BCM4401 10/100baseTX PHY> on miibus0
bmtphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
bfe0: Ethernet address: 00:0b:db:9d:07:ae


Runs fine using the Radeon drivers and DRM. Here is a copy of the X config file. 3D with direct rendering works.


After the update to -current it was necessary to add the following line to /boot/device.hints otherwise it won't probe.


I have played DVDs fine with mplayer in full screen, but I haven't had much success writing yet.

Daniel O'Connor
Last modified: Wed Dec 15 10:57:40 CST 2004