Intel Ivy Bridge Borked On FreeBSD, Debian BSD
While Linux hardware drivers still have room for improvement, at least the Linux driver support for recent consumer hardware is still generally better off than FreeBSD.
Now that most of my key Intel Ivy Bridge tests under Linux have been completed for now, this morning I began trying out the Core i7 3770K when using *BSD. Well, at least trying to test out BSD...
First I tried running Debian GNU/kFreeBSD using the latest daily net install image as of 22 June so the very latest packages were to be used. Debian's text-based installer booted on the Ivy Bridge i7-3770K system with the ECS motherboard I've been using in many other Phoronix articles. The text installer worked fine and the installation proceeded without any problems -- the motherboard with Intel's latest chipset also didn't have any network troubles.
However, after Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Wheezy/sid installation with the kFreeBSD 9.0-1-amd64 kernel was complete, it never successfully booted. It was a no go. Trying different UEFI/BIOS settings and other FreeBSD kernel options were tried, but the Ivy Bridge system with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD never successfully booted. The screen would blank and the system would just restart a few seconds into the boot process. Below is a video demonstrating this show-stopping problem. An ATI Radeon X1950PRO (R500) graphics card was also installed in case it came down to an issue with the integrated HD 4000 graphics and the lack of proper driver support there on kFreeBSD, but nothing changed.
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was then tested on an older Intel system to verify the latest Debian packages were in a sufficient state. When installing on the older Intel hardware, there were no problems at all. The system's running just fine and I'm proceeding with new Debian GNU/kFreeBSD benchmarks there, but that can't be done for Ivy Bridge.
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