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Date:      Sun, 11 Jan 2009 18:17:35 -0500
From:      William Gordon Rutherdale <>
Subject:   Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground
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Well isn't that just great.

I'm using the amd64 version, don't know if this makes a difference.

The link says the poster expects it will be fixed before 7.1-RELEASE is 
out.  (Posting date was in late December.)

I just tried the FreeBSD 7.1 bootonly and the configure window at least 
listed the device, which is an improvement over before.  Now if it only 
lists it but the driver doesn't work, then I still will have a 
communication problem where I can't easily get the correct file to the 

I'll just try installing 7.1 for now and see how it looks.

Thanks for the heads up anyway.


Roland Smith wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 08:11:00PM -0500, William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
>> I have to use paper-sneakernet because
>> - no network connectivity yet
>> - tried plugging in a memory stick; it flashed but nothing showed up 
>> with the 'mount' command
>> Here are the last two entries from the 'pciconf -lv' command, which look 
>> relevant to the problem.  I had to write them down on paper and walk 
>> over to this room to type them.  Please pardon any typos:
>> none2@pci0:2:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0x2abf103c chip=0x816810ec 
>> rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
>>     vendor          = 'Realtek Semiconductor'
>>     device          = 'RTL 8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC'
>>     class           = network
>>     subclass        = ethernet
> There seems to have been some breakage of the re(4) and rl(4) drivers in
> the 7.1 release cycle. See []
> You should try to get the files mentioned in the abovementioned link on
> your machine, and rebuild your kernel.
> Roland

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