Solved FreeBSD on Dell Inspiron 15 3000

kAldown

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Hello, I just want to know, is it feasible to install FreeBSD 10 on a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop? I think everything compares, except wireless (Dell Wireless 1705). I couldn't find any solution, and am afraid to ruin all pre-installed Windows features. This is a laptop with EFI, and the HDD is already marked as a GPT.

Is it possible somehow to test this, without fully reinstalling the OS? If there is some chance to dual-boot under EFI (Windows 8.1 has a secureboot, which, I guess, still does not work properly for *BSD).

Thank you very much.
 

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The easy and safe way: install VirtualBox, create a VM and install FreeBSD there. It does not endanger the disk and can run multiple operating systems at the same time.

Otherwise, sysutils/grub2 can do GPT multiboot. I have not tested it with UEFI or SecureBoot.
 
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Thank you, but VirtualBox is not a solution for testing a wireless device. It could only work in bridge mode, grabbing all packets as an Intel virtual card, not as a native Dell wireless 1705.
 
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It works great! Just now I installed the new FreeBSD 10.1. I was wrong, it's a disaster.
 
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I also own a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop. It seems to be fully compatible with the -HEAD branch of FreeBSD.
 
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