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MINIX 3 Hardware Requirements

CPU Requirements

MINIX 3 runs on Pentium-class hardware or later. Other Pentium-compatible CPUs are also supported. MINIX 3 does not currently support 64-bit x86.


The standard installation needs 28 MB of RAM as to release 3.1.8, but older versions have been be squeezed into 8 MB. Recompiling MINIX 3.1.8 needs 64 MB of RAM. Running optional packages like X11 adds up.

The newer releases have more features but also higher requirements. The standard installation currently (April 2012) needs 64 MB of RAM; recompiling MINIX currently needs at least 128 MB of RAM.


MINIX 3 needs one primary partition as well as 360 MB of free contiguous disk space. If you want X11 and all the source code for the whole system, and recompile the system, 1.2 GB should be enough.

If you also want to build packages from source using pkgsrc, you should add at least 1 GB. The extra space is only necessary if you want to build source packages from pkgsrc; most users will use the pkgin binary package interface. If your system does not meet these requirements, please see the tutorial on disk partitioning for information on how to free up the necessary disk space.

Currently, only IDE and SATA disks are supported. USB and SCSI disks are not supported at present.

<!> If you want to run MINIX 3 on a SATA system, you need to change your BIOS setting to IDE/Legacy mode.


The following Ethernet cards are supported

  • 3com 501/503/509
  • AMD Lance (PCI)
  • Attansic/Atheros L2
  • DEC 21140
  • Intel Pro/100
  • Intel Pro/1000
  • Orinoco Prism-based (Wi-Fi)
  • Realtek 8139
  • Realtek 8169
  • NE2000-class, like NS DP8390, WD8003E, Realtek 8019 or 8029

Intel Pro/100 Models Supported

The information in the following table is derived from /usr/src/drivers/fxp/fxp.conf and /usr/src/drivers/pci/pci_table.c.

Name Vendor ID Device ID
Intel Corporation 82801CAM PRO/100 VE 8086 1031
Intel Corporation 82801CAM PRO/100 VE 8086 1032
Intel Corporation 82801DB PRO/100 VE (MOB) 8086 103d
Intel Corporation 82562 PRO/100 VE 8086 1064
Intel !EtherExpressPro100 82557/8/9 8086 1229
Intel !EtherExpressPro100 82562EM 8086 2449
Intel !EtherExpressPro100 82559ER 8086 1209

Intel Pro/1000 Models Supported

The information in the following table is derived from /usr/src/drivers/e1000/e1000.conf and /usr/src/drivers/pci/pci_table.c.

Name Vendor ID Device ID
Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter 8086 100E
Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter 8086 107C
Intel PRO/1000 Gigabit Network Connection 8086 10CD
Intel 82574L Gigabit Network Connection 8086 10D3
Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection 8086 10DE
Intel 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller 8086 105E


A small number of peripheral devices (audio cards, etc.) are supported. Currently there is no support for USB or FireWire.

releases/3.2.0/usersguide/hardwarerequirements.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/11 14:52 (external edit)