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FreeBSD compatibility

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I am considering trying out a dual monitor setup with my current PC. I would like to use freeBSD and XOrg but quite frankly im not sure how things will work.

Im using a shuttle system, it has Realtek audio (AC'97), Nforce2 chipset and onboard GeForce4 MX with dual-head.

basically im just wanting to know if any freebsd gurus can let me know if a desktop system could be setup on it fairly easily.

I want to be able to use my pioneer dvdrw (dvd-108) also, along with the sound.

any tips on how to install sound/gnome and primarily xorg would be great :)
 

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Sound:

recompile kernel with appropriate module for your sound driver, or load snd_driver.kld (IIRC).

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/sound-setup.html

GeForce 4 Dual head:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x-config.html

Then using Xorg's -scanpci or whatever the option is, find out the device numbers, add in the same device twice. Google for sample configuration files, many people have done it.

I am running Multi-head with multiple gfx cards.

Gnome:

pkg_add -r gnome
pkg_add -r xorg-server

or cd /usr/ports/x11/gnome2 (Also install fifth-toe, and power-tools for extra stuff)
make install
cd /usr/ports/x11/xorg-server
make install

Depends on what you want. (Don't quote me on the paths)

As for DVD burning, you will have to look in the ports tree, if you want to burn standard iso's, there is always the standard utility called burncd, but the ports tree can help you more.
 

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