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Date:      Sun, 11 Jan 2009 20:08:16 -0500
From:      William Gordon Rutherdale <>
Subject:   Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground
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I'm afraid it's gone from bad to worse.

The 7.1 system may have recognised the ethernet adapter, but it seemed 
to fail writing to the hard drive.

I got this during installation:

Extracting GENERIC into /boot directory...

Write failure on transfer! (wrote -1 bytes of 1425408 bytes)

/mtrt: write failed, filesystem is full.


I think I allocated decent size partitions for /, /var, swap, /tmp, 
/usr.  I made multiple attempts.  Kept getting errors.

I may just have to fall back on Ubuntu, just to get something running on 
this machine.


Roland Smith wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 06:17:35PM -0500, William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
>> Well isn't that just great.
>> I'm using the amd64 version, don't know if this makes a difference.
> It shouldn't really. AFAIK the code for the network interface drivers is
> architecture independant. On amd64 I also had some troubles with re(4)
> based cards, but I had an old xl(4) based card lying around, and with
> the upgrade to 7.1 the age(4) chip on my mobo also became usable. So I
> ditched the re(4) based card.
> <snip>
>> 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 
>> machine.
> The network configuration of sysinstall only shows devices that actually
> show up in /dev/net. That means that the driver was at least able to
> initialize the hardware. So chances are that it works. As I've mentioned
> before I had upload speed troubles with re(4) based cards, but I don't
> know if rl(4) based cards have/had the same problems. Copying large
> files with nc(1) over a cross-cable link between two machines will
> rapidly show you if you can max out the link.
>> I'll just try installing 7.1 for now and see how it looks.
> That's probably the best solution. It is always best to upgrade to the
> latest released version before asking questions about hardware support,
> because updating is probably the first advice you'd get.
>> Thanks for the heads up anyway.
> You're welcome. :-)
> Roland

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