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==== Minimum System Requirements ====
 
==== Minimum System Requirements ====
  
 
* 64-bit processor
 
* 64-bit processor
* 1&nbsp;GB of RAM
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* 2.5&nbsp;GB of RAM (as of GhostBSD 19.10)
 
* 15&nbsp;GB of free hard drive space
 
* 15&nbsp;GB of free hard drive space
 
* Network card
 
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==== Recommended System Requirements ====
 
==== Recommended System Requirements ====
  
The following are the minimum recommended requirements. The faster your computer hardware, the better your computing experience:
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* 64-bit processor
 
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* 4&nbsp;GB of RAM  
* Pentium 4 or higher
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* 30&nbsp;GB of free hard drive space  
* 1024&nbsp;MB of RAM  
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* Network card  
 
* Network card  
 
* Sound card  
 
* Sound card  
* NVIDIA 3D accelerated video card
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* 3D accelerated video card
  
 
==== Supported Processors ====
 
==== Supported Processors ====
  
GhostBSD should install on any system containing a 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (amd64) processor. The amd64 name refers to 64-bit processor architecture and does not refer to a specific processor manufactured by AMD. [http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.0R/hardware.html#PROC The FreeBSD 9.0 Hardware Notes] and [http://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.0R/hardware.html#PROC The FreeBSD 10.0 Hardware Notes]list the i386 and amd64 processors known to work.
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GhostBSD installs on any system containing a 64-bit (amd64) processor architecture. The amd64 name refers to AMD64 (“Hammer”) and Intel® EM64T architectures. [https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.0R/hardware.html#proc-amd64 The FreeBSD 12.0 Hardware Notes] lists the amd64 processors known to work.
  
 
==== Supported Video Cards ====
 
==== Supported Video Cards ====
  
Like most open source operating systems, GhostBSD uses X.org drivers for graphics support. GhostBSD will automatically Configure the supported video drivers.
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GhostBSD uses X.org drivers for graphics support. During installation, graphics support will be configured automatically.
  
 
;Support for the major graphic vendors is as follows:
 
;Support for the major graphic vendors is as follows:
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==== Wireless Cards ====
 
==== Wireless Cards ====
  
GhostBSD supports some wireless networking cards - not all are supported. You can check if your card has a [http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.0R/hardware.html#WLAN FreeBSD driver]. If it does, it should "just work". Currently there are some missing wireless drivers, typically for Broadcom and newer Realtek series.
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GhostBSD supports many wireless networking cards. You can check if your card has a [http://www.freebsd.org/releases/12.0R/hardware.html#WLAN FreeBSD driver]. If it does, it should "just work". Currently there are some missing wireless drivers, typically for Broadcom and newer Realtek series.
 
N.B. USB wifi sticks may or may not be supported, it will depend on the chip used.
 
N.B. USB wifi sticks may or may not be supported, it will depend on the chip used.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 09:07, 29 October 2019

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Hardware Requirements






Minimum System Requirements[edit]

  • 64-bit processor
  • 2.5 GB of RAM (as of GhostBSD 19.10)
  • 15 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card

Recommended System Requirements[edit]

  • 64-bit processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 30 GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card
  • Sound card
  • 3D accelerated video card

Supported Processors[edit]

GhostBSD installs on any system containing a 64-bit (amd64) processor architecture. The amd64 name refers to AMD64 (“Hammer”) and Intel® EM64T architectures. The FreeBSD 12.0 Hardware Notes lists the amd64 processors known to work.

Supported Video Cards[edit]

GhostBSD uses X.org drivers for graphics support. During installation, graphics support will be configured automatically.

Support for the major graphic vendors is as follows

NVIDIA: if you want to use 3D acceleration, NVIDIA is currently the best supported as there is a native driver for GhostBSD.

Intel: 3D acceleration on most Intel graphics is supported. Due to the current KMS support, you will not be able to switch between the graphical console and a virtual console using Crtl+Alt+F#.

ATI/Radeon: 3D acceleration on most ATI and Radeon cards is supported.

Optimus: at this time Bumblebee[2] has not been ported to FreeBSD, meaning that there is no switching support between the two graphics adapters provided by Optimus. Optimus implementations vary, so GhostBSD may or may not be able to successfully load a graphics driver on your hardware. If you get a blank screen after installation, check your BIOS to see if it has an option to disable one of the graphics adapters or to set “discrete” mode. If the BIOS does not provide a discrete mode, GhostBSD will default to the 3D Intel driver and disable NVIDIA. This will change in the future when the NVIDIA driver supports Optimus.

Wireless Cards[edit]

GhostBSD supports many wireless networking cards. You can check if your card has a FreeBSD driver. If it does, it should "just work". Currently there are some missing wireless drivers, typically for Broadcom and newer Realtek series. N.B. USB wifi sticks may or may not be supported, it will depend on the chip used.