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Date:      Sat, 19 Aug 2000 10:25:27 -0700
From:      Kent Stewart <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: What happened to 3c589/3c509 install support?
Message-ID:  <>
References:  <000001c009fe$2dd7bb70$6401a8c0@tp770z>

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Bill McMilleon wrote:
> I've used both my 3c509 ISA NIC and my 3c589 PC Card NIC to easily install
> FreeBSD before (the 3.x series).  Since 4.1 has been released (maybe since
> 4.0?) I've noticed that ep0 is no longer listed as a supported Network
> device during kernel configuration.  

Where have you been looking? The LINT has the following lines

# Network interfaces: `cx', `ed', `el', `ep', `ie', `is', `le', `lnc'
# ar: Arnet SYNC/570i hdlc sync 2/4 port V.35/X.21 serial driver
(requires sppp)
# cs: IBM Etherjet and other Crystal Semi CS89x0-based adapters
# cx: Cronyx/Sigma multiport sync/async (with Cisco or PPP framing)
# ed: Western Digital and SMC 80xx; Novell NE1000 and NE2000; 3Com
# el: 3Com 3C501 (slow!)
# ep: 3Com 3C509

I use a 3C509 (aka device ep) to connect to my DSL modem. I tried
using a "ed" based card and never got it to work. I could get a ep for
$10 and it worked on the first kernel. I ended up with an IRQ conflict
when I pulled the Intel 100+ that I was using for my main NIC. I used
a Win98se startup disk and used the 3Com config to change the IRQ,
which got rid of that problem.

> Has support for these devices been
> removed from the standard install kernel?  If so, I'm sure there was a good
> reason, but I have no idea what that reason would be.  On the other hand,
> maybe I'm clueless on this and someone could show me just what to do in
> order to perform a network-based install using either of these NICs.

Can't help here. I have only done installs from a CDROM. I did
download the iso's for 4.0 and 4.1 burn them as images on a W2K


> --Bill McMilleon
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Kent Stewart
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