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Date:      Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:23:04 +1000
From:      Da Rock <rock_on_the_web@comcen.com.au>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   [Fwd: Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground]
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Subject: Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground
From: Da Rock <rock_on_the_web@comcen.com.au>
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On Mon, 2009-01-12 at 18:07 +0100, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 08:08:16PM -0500, William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
> > 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:
> > 
> >                    Progress
> > Extracting GENERIC into /boot directory...
> > 
> >                    Message
> > 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.
> 
> The 'filesystem is full' message might imply that the partition for root
> is too small. What were the filesystem sizes you chose? There should be
> an item in the main install menu to start a shell. If you take that
> option and use the 'df -h' command, you should see the sizes of the
> mounted partitions.
> 
> What happens if you just make one giant partition?
> 
> Roland

Going back to the original issue- the rtl 8111E is not really supported.
Buying another card does seem to be a bit redundant, but there is 6.x
sources for this card which work (albeit on 6.x). So maybe try 6.4?

For the developers out there, what is the difference between BSD
versions? Why wouldn't a driver for 6.x work on later versions- I need
technical detail or pointers to it not just a simple answer. I'm looking
at resolving some of the driver issues but I'm really green- yes, I'm
finally getting off my ass and doing something other than complaining...
not that I have the time, but I have my own problems to resolve here
which I can't wait on :)

Now, if the filesystem is full have you redone all the filesystem
through sysinstall or are you simply loading over the top of previous
versions?

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